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d Mangan was just out of high school in Illinois when he first answered his country’s call to service in 1961. And while 38 years have passed since he left the U.S. Air Force, the Ahwatukee man hasn’t stopped serving – or wearing his uniform proudly. Commander of Ahwatukee’s American Legion Post 64, Mangan is celebrating a special accolade as he prepares for Veterans Day this Saturday. He was inducted last month into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, becoming one of only about 300 of the estimated 522,000 former military men and women in the state to be accorded that honor. “I am so honored to get that award – 23 veterans selected out of 600,000 in Arizona. (Kim Carrillo/AFN Staff Photographer) Wow,” he said, referring to the number of Ahwatukee American Legion Post 64 Commander Ed Mangan headed the unit’s color guard for more than a decade and still participates in it despite his other post-related duties. Hall of Fame inductees this year. Though he was not involved in direct enemy But that hasn’t stopped the father of two as its color guard commander from 2005 action, Mangan was impacted by Agent Orange while serving during the Vietnam War daughters from giving back to his brothers until last year, when he stepped up to post at bases in Thailand and Vietnam, where he and sisters in arms or his community. commander. Mangan has been involved in Ahwatuserviced planes and helicopters as an avionics See VETERAN on page 19 kee’s American Legion for 15 years, serving technician and aircraft maintenance officer.


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shaken Ahwatukee community is rallying around the family of a devoted Lakewood mother of two and active volunteer who was killed by an alleged drunk driver while on her regular early morning jog near her home last week. Martha Hilts, 36, was killed after a car struck her, apparently from behind, while jogging on the sidewalk along Lakewood Loop around 4:30 a.m. Nov. 2. The driver, Shannon Marie Scott, 25, (Special to AFN) also of Lakewood, was arrested on a The late Martha Hilts, second from left, took this photo of herself and her family, including her 8-year-old son and felony charge of reckless manslaughter 12-year-old daughter and husband Chris. after police say her blood-alcohol level

was .08 – exactly at the minimum for a drunk-driving determination. The arrest report said that besides the defendant showing “signs and symptoms of alcohol impairment,” police detected “a strong odor of marijuana” in her car. Relatives said police estimate the car was traveling at 40 m.p.h. when it struck the victim, throwing her 75 feet. The car also hit a cement garbage receptacle and a palm tree, police said. Scott was booked into jail on a $25,000 bond. Friends, neighbors and strangers from Ahwatukee, two schools, a church and the running community immediately rose to help Mrs. Hilts’ husband, Chris, See

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“They were very enthusiastic about their idea of taking a signature hole from the best courses all over the world and putting them in one spot along with a high-end destination restaurant with views of the South Mountains.” Barry said. But the True Life executive expressed doubts about the pair’s revenue estimates. “Since the time we closed escrow on the property – almost two and a half years ago – we have been approached with many ideas from community members and folks interested in sharing their thoughts on what should be done on the property,” Barry said, adding: “All ideas are good ideas, but not all good ideas are financially feasible. Any investor in a redevelopment opportunity – no matter what it is – will have an expectation for some return on their investment. As to the feasibility of Chad and Roger’s idea, no specific feasibility analysis has been done… The feasibility work that we performed in support of the trial was specifically related to replacing the previous course to a condition prior to its closing in May 2013.” Linda Swain, one of two people suing True Life in an effort to have the original course restored, did not respond to a request for comment. Chadderton expressed concern over the impasse surrounding the Lakes course, stating that he recently closed on a house on the course that sold for $81,000 below the original sold price. He and Lindquist say their concept stresses plenty of water and grass. Lindquist thinks a waterway that people could float along in inner tubes could run through the apartment complex while a lake could provide an “aesthetically beautiful” amenity for diners. He said he believes small exclusive boutiques, such as Brookstone or Sharper Image, would be complemented by the kind of high-end restaurant that he said Ahwatukee doesn’t currently have. “Our feeling is if they (True Life) didn’t win in court, this could be a backup plan,” Chadderton said. “We think it’s viable.”



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he city is moving ahead with finding an independent third party to examine complaints about unusually high spikes in Ahwatukee water bills even though it has concluded its own system is not at fault. “The results of our random sample indicated no systematic meter or billing problem in Ahwatukee; therefore our next course of action is to address the individual concerns we received at the community meeting,” said Water Services Department spokeswoman Stephanie Bracken. Bracken said her department is scheduling visits to people who complained about their bills at the town hall Oct. 26. And she said, “We are also moving forward with an independent study by an outside expert as additional due diligence.” Meanwhile, it may be longer than expected for another town hall on the complaints because the fiveman citizens study group that city Councilman Sal DiCiccio put together after the town hall meeting has had trouble coordinating their schedules. “Our working group is taking more time to put together than we would like, two of the members are out of town for the next two weeks, then it’s the week of Thanksgiving, so their first actual get together is likely to be right after that,” said Sam Stone, chief of staff for DiCiccio. More than 175 Ahwatukee households have filed complaints with DiCiccio’s office about mysterious

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A memorial quickly sprang up on the Lakewood Loop site where Martha Hilts was jogging when struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver early Nov. 2. In the inset is a photo of the Toyota Prius that struck her apparently from behind.


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and their two children, Jessica, 12, and Anthony, 8, while mourning her passing. The family has been living in Ahwatukee since 2006. Friends and acquaintances set up a fundraiser, a drive to collect restaurant gift cards and a request for donations on youcaring.com that so far has raised about half of a $25,000 goal. The site is at youcaring.com/chrisjessicaandanthonyhilts-998863. “Martha was the center and the strength of her family. Many will miss her kindness and generosity,” friends posted on youcaring.com. “Martha was an awesome wife and mom and cannot be replaced. But we can pass on her love by helping the Hilts family.” A viewing is scheduled 4-8 p.m. today, Nov. 8, at Restoration Community Center, 374 N. Hamilton Ave., Chandler. Because Mrs. Hilts was considered the family matriarch who organized many family gatherings, friends and neighbors have other private gatherings planned. Mrs. Hilts worked at Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Co. in Chandler, where employees posted remembrances of her as “a great person and a hard work-

er” known for “her integrity, kindness, always able to get everything done and never ever with a mean thought or word.” Company officials did not return calls for comment At two Ahwatukee schools, as well as in her neighborhood and her church, Mrs. Hilts was well known and beloved. News of her death prompted expressions of deep sorrow and fond appreciation. Mrs. Hilts was active at Mountain Park Community Church with the children’s ministry and in several volunteer efforts that help the homeless. Neighbor Avon Ropke, who with her husband, Chad, set up the youcaring. com site, and Angie Klein, another friend, described her as a tireless worker in homeless outreach programs. She would sometimes wait on homeless families who were invited to spend the night at Mountain Park, serving them food and tending to their other needs. Ropke said Mrs. Hilts grew up in an impoverished Mexican area but eventually moved to Chandler. “It was a very poor area and I think she felt called to help the homeless because of that,” she said. “She was always very, very humble, See

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super-understated and not one of those ‘look at me’ people,” said Klein. Added Ropke: “She had a very supportive, loving husband who supported all her activities.” And one member of the Mountain Park Community congregation said her husband would miss Mrs. Hilts “as he saw her smiling face every Sunday helping out in children’s ministry.” Ropke also recalled Mrs. Hilts as a devoted mother who “was always concerned about academics” where her children were concerned. But even with her busy home outside life, Mrs. Hilts also was pursuing her associate’s degree in business administration at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. She was planning to graduate next spring. The parent-teacher organizations at both Lagos Elementary, where her son attends school, and Akimel A-al Middle School, where her daughter is a student, reacted quickly to the news of Mrs. Hilts’ death. Stella Klecka Lorenz of the Akimel PTO said both her group and the Lagos PTO have set up an account at Dream

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Shannon Marie Scott, 25, of Lakewood, was arrested on a manslaughter charge connected to the death of Martha Hilts. Police say she was at the minimum .08 blood alcohol level for determining drunk driving.

Organizers of the memorial run said, “This tragedy has deeply touched the running community, and this is a simple way for us to come together to demonstrate our support for her family.” “I feel like I knew her…every run included seeing and running by Martha. Every run. I am devastated,” one Lakewood jogger wrote on Facebook, stating he and Mrs. Hilts were members of the


“4:30 a.m. club at Lakewood.” Mrs. Hilts’ father-in-law and her husband went to the accident scene, where a memorial of flowers and other items quickly was erected. Her father-in-law was quoted by one TV news station as saying, “We cry about it every 30 minutes, and that’s about all we can do and pray. We came here to do our prayers.” Ahwatukee runner Lori Worachek created a “Medals for Martha” campaign for all marathon runners. “I met Martha’s husband and kids today while I was on my run,” said Worachek, who wrote Mrs. Hilts’ name on the back of both her calves for last weekend’s marathon. “He told me that Martha ran an hour every day. I told him I am running the Phoenix Half Marathon this weekend and would it be OK if I gave my medal to his daughter who also loves running. He said his daughter would absolutely love that. “Then I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could round up a bunch of medals to give this little girl? .. Anyone running in those races can donate their medal and we can deliver the pile of medals to this precious family.” Worachek added: “Thank you, Ahwatukee for your loving heart.”

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Veterans tribute taking shape in East Valley BY SRIANTHI PERERA AFN Staff Writer


n inspirational Arizona landmark will soon begin to take shape in Gilbert. The Welcome Home Veterans Park, anchored by an 80 percent scale of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is due to get underway. Veteran organizations throughout the region – including Ahwatukee – have contributed to its construction. The memorial wall, named The Arizona Wall Project, will be one of the main features of the Welcome Home Veterans Park. The park will occupy a five-acre plot of land near Gilbert and Warner roads. The park was first announced in 2015. Project chair Lisa Rigler said it took time to align the project’s various pieces. “It took us years to write the land lease and get the land dedicated. The awareness campaign took time to get people to buy into the fact this is what we were going to do,” Rigler said. “We never had one person say, ‘This is a bad idea.’ Everybody has been really jazzed about what we’re doing. But it has taken us longer than expected.” About $1.5 million of the $3 million project has been secured, some in kind, and the balance has been pledged. Also, the construction has been awarded to general contractor MT Builders Companies of Scottsdale, Rigler said. The first phase of the park, which has an initial 30-year lease, will consist of most of the outdoor installations and the memorial wall, while the building will be constructed in the second phase. The first phase is expected to take about nine months to build. The Arizona Wall Project is part of the nonprofit Operation Welcome Home, Arizona, which provides welcoming ceremonies for returning veterans. Five decades ago, returning Vietnam War veterans didn’t get the welcome they deserved. In fact, they didn’t get a welcome at all. “The American public didn’t care for the war a whole lot by then,” said Roger Pollard of Gilbert, who served in Vietnam in 1971. “There weren’t a lot of people who were coming over and shaking their hands and saying, ‘You did a good job’ or ‘You are a patriotic guy.’ I never had anybody come over and shake my hand and say, ‘Welcome home.’” Skip Erickson of Gilbert served from April 1968 to April 1969 at Phan Rang Air Base as a mechanic in the U.S. Air

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This rendering shows that the Welcome Home Veterans Park will look like in Gilbert once it is completed. Called “The Arizona Wall Project,” the fiveacre park near Gilbert and Warner roads will be built in two phases, with the building constructed in the latter phase. Supporters say have half the $3 million needed for the project and that the rest has been pledged.

Force. “In those days, we seemed to blame the soldier for the war, not the government,” Erickson said. One of the lucky ones, he was met by his family upon his return. “While there was no big welcome home celebration, I was not as unfortunate as those who were spit on, harassed and called baby killers,” he said. In 2013, Operation Welcome Home, Arizona began presenting ceremonies in Gilbert in the presence of military personnel and their families. Among them were Cory Remsburg, who served 10 deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan and was seriously injured in 2009, and Vietnam veteran Rick Romley, who lost both his legs to a landmine. Pollard and his wife, Betsy, attended the often-emotional ceremonies. “We saw many good, positive things. People were so grateful that this person had served in the military. Very different from what I had seen and my buddies had experienced many years ago,” Pollard said. The couple got involved in the nonprofit and began helping plan the ceremonies,

which are now held across the Valley. Pollard, now its vice president, said that a permanent park would honor veterans of all wars, not just the Vietnam War. “We would be able to learn from what we did wrong in the past. Make sure we don’t do that same mistake in terms of welcoming home these people today. That’s the heart and soul of what the park is about,” he said. As important is helping the veterans with their lives. “We can’t just say, ‘Thank you’ and turn around and not do something,” he said. “We need to help them out. That was the basis for this.” The park will serve as a place of reflection, healing and inspiration to veterans, their families and communities. In addition to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, it will feature a Walk of Time with exhibits of past wars starting with the Revolutionary War, a pavilion dedicated to the consequences of war, a 12-by-4-foot map of Vietnam before the fall of Saigon, a walk of tranquility and a building housing an education center and a resource center where veterans could get direction on how to transfer to civilian

life. “Most people don’t understand the whole magnitude of it,” Rigler said. “It’s massive.” Erickson said as veterans age and financial concerns arise, they won’t be able to make the trip to Washington to see the original wall. “I believe this park will become a destination for many, many folks on the West Coast, certainly everyone in Arizona,” he said. Another aspect of the monument is its educational value for the young. “It will be an opportunity for future generations to learn and reflect on those that preceded them, and hopefully avoid mistakes that were made in this and all wars,” Erickson said. “There is no better way to teach youth gratitude and patriotism than to introduce them to a veteran,” Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels stated in a release. “Operation Welcome Home Veterans Park is a remarkable opportunity for us to connect the community to our veterans and to begin to understand the price of freedom. This site will be hallowed ground for every American.”

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hy do we hold parades? It’s simple, really. Parades are opportunities for communities to come together in a shared spirit of celebration, commemoration and unity. The East Valley Veterans Parade has been celebrating the lives and sacrifices of veterans, active military and their families under one name or another for more than 50 years. Originally called the Mesa Veterans Parade, it is a tradition that began under the auspices of the city of Mesa. But in 2006, the parade fell victim to budget cuts. Residents Gerry Walker and Frank “Gunny” Alger sounded the call to keep the annual event marching through Mesa, even if it included only just

the two of them. The Marine Corps League (Saguaro Chapter) in Mesa took the lead and the Mesa Veterans Parade Association was formed as an all-volunteer organization. The parade was renamed in 2013 as the East Valley Veterans Parade to reflect the participation of parade entrants, sponsors and attendees from throughout the East Valley. This year’s parade, which takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in downtown Mesa is expected to be a spirited celebration at which citizens can gather to “Honor and Remember” all our area residents who have served on their behalf. It’s a once-ayear chance to personally say, “Thank you. We appreciate your service. We haven’t forgotten your sacrifices.”

More than 2,000 people will march or ride in this year’s parade – in cars, military vehicles, floats, motorcycles and on horseback. They’ll play rousing music as part of area high school marching bands, with flags waving. They’ll sing. They’ll wave. There will be flyovers and somber tributes to those fallen in service. And there will be red, white and blue splashed everywhere, reminding all of us of our shared identity as Americans. And some will shed a few tears, as they proudly salute 40,000-plus spectators, who are as important as the parade entries themselves. After all, what is a parade without spectators? The East Valley Veterans Parade will be held on Veterans See

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Day, Nov. 11, and starts at 11 a.m. in commemoration of Armistice Day, the day World War I ended. It will last approximately 90 minutes. The parade route starts on Center Street and University Drive in Mesa and runs south on Center Street to First Street. It then turns west onto First

Street and continues to Robson. Any location along the route offers great viewing. Bleachers are located on the west side of Center Street on Second Street, across from the Mesa Convention Center entrance, and on First Street at Macdonald on the south side of the street across from the grandstand. Attendance is free. The East Valley Veterans Parade is supported by the East


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A member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, he represents the Military Officers Association of America, works with the Junior ROTC chapters in four high schools, serves as state military outreach director Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program and is public relations co-chair for the Arizona Wall Project under construction in Gilbert. He has watched with pride as the Post 64 continues to grow to a current 192 members. “It’s been going up nicely,” he said. Mangan joined the Air Force largely because one of his best friends at the time was enlisting. Though his family at the time had no military tradition in its history, it does now. He and two of his three brothers served and with grandchildren and nieces and nephews, 28 family veterans are either veterans or in active service. He looks fondly at his military service, grateful for the fact that he saw parts of the world he might never have seen and that he learned a trade that made him successful in the energy efficiency industry for 30 years. “I had some nice assignments,” he said

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Ahwatukee American Legion Post 64 Commander Ed Mangan had just graduated from high school when he joined the Air Force, as the photo on the left shows.

of his Air Force days. “I enjoyed it.” Mangan still serves in the color guard, leading the formal salutes to the flag that open many public engagements and celebrations in and around Ahwatukee and honoring veterans at their funerals. The American flag holds a special place in his heart. Besides his work with the color guard, he also participates in a program that teaches the flag’s history at school assemblies and other group events. That program uses 12 flags to show how it has

evolved since the American Revolution. The Ahwatukee Post is only one of no more than a dozen American Legion chapters in Arizona that has a color guard, out of hundreds of posts in the state. And it consumes considerable time even just organizing an appearance, since color guards require four uniformed personnel and coordinating schedules can be challenging, he said. “It’s difficult to get people together sometimes because you have to have two flags and two rifles,” he said. “I like to have five instead of four people. But when there’s four, the person carrying the American flag is the commander by default.” “I always thought the color guard commander had the busiest assignment,” Mangan said. “To me it was more time consuming than being commander.” Commanding the post has its challenges as well, given the number of charitable and other activities that members are involved in. Currently he is working with two other Legionnaires, Pete Meier and Doug Patterson, on the post’s annual golf tournament/dinner on Dec. 16 at Legacy Golf Club in Phoenix. “We are looking for items that can be used in our raffle. If your donation is of

a larger value, we will use it in our live auction to raise more money. Of course, money donations are always appreciated,” organizers said. Donors and tournament participants can contact 602-690-3361 or petemeier@cox.net; dpatterson27@cox.net or 602-791-6843 or at emangan3@aol. com or 602-501-0128. Entry in the 18hole tournament is $85, which includes dinner. A dinner guest is an additional $15. The tournament is one of the legion post’s main source of revenue since it doesn’t have a bar and dining room like many Legion posts maintain. Instead, it meets at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center. The programs that Post 64 members participate in include support for military and veteran hospitality rooms at Sky Harbor Airport, sending care packages to military personnel in Iran and Afghanistan, helping homeless vets in the Phoenix area and working with middle and high school students. When asked if Saturday will be a busy day, Mangan replied, “this whole month is busy” with special activities honoring military veterans. But Mangan doesn’t mind. He welcomes the opportunity to keep serving.

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Goddard takes aim at ‘dark money’ with ballot initiative plan BY HOWARD FISCHER Capitol Media Services


former state attorney general wants Arizonans to vote to constitutionally ban anonymous donations from political campaigns. Terry Goddard is crafting a “right to know’’ initiative that would guarantee in the state Constitution that voters are entitled to know who is trying to sway their votes on whom to elect for everything from statewide offices to school board members. The proposal – which Goddard hopes to put to voters a year from now – also would impose the same requirements on those pushing future ballot measures. Campaign consultant Bob Grossfeld said the effort starts with redefining for voters exactly what it is they are trying to curb. And that comes down to using new terminology. “We’re done with this whole ‘dark money’ nonsense,’’ Grossfeld said about, the term that has become synonymous in political rhetoric with dollars coming from unknown sources. But he said

that’s technically neither a legal term nor even one with an actual formal definition. “We look at this as ‘dirty money,’” he said. “This is no different than criminal syndicates who are laundering money. It’s for the same purposes: to hide the people behind it.’’ He rejected claims by some interests

who’s paying for it.” Goddard, a Democrat who was elected attorney general in 2002 and won a second term four years later, already formed a campaign committee this past week that allows him to begin raising money for the task of getting the measure on the 2018 ballot. Grossfeld said the final language is still

We look at this as ‘dirty money.’ “ This is no different than criminal syndicates who are laundering money. It’s for the same purposes: to hide the people behind it..

who fought similar measures in the past that such disclosure mandates would impact the free speech rights of individuals. “They can say whatever they want, run commercials, run ads, whatever, even if they’re unsavory,’’ he continued. “What this is doing is establishing in the Arizona Constitution our right to know

being tweaked. But he said the bottom line is designed to expose anyone who puts at least $10,000 into any campaign, whether for public office or a ballot measure. Arizona law already requires anyone who spends money to influence a campaign to file reports. But there’s an exception: Groups

that are organized under the Internal Revenue Code as “social welfare’’ organizations contend they are not required to disclose their donors. So, the only thing the public knows is that some group, often with a name that may have no link to the sponsors, has dumped cash into a campaign. That has become an increasing problem for voters interested in finding out who is behind commercials, mailers and other campaign materials. In the 2014 gubernatorial race, for example, the $5 million spent on the general election directly by Republican Doug Ducey and Democrat Fed DuVal was eclipsed by the $9 million others spent trying to influence the race. Most of that cash flowed in Ducey’s benefit. And two Republicans got elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission with more than $3 million spent by outside groups. Arizona Public Service, the state’s largest utility that is regulated by the commission, has consistently refused to confirm or deny whether it See

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was the source of any of that cash. A related issue goes to what might be called “chain’’ donations, where individual A gives money to organization B, which then funnels it to a third organization that does the ultimate spending on the race. Grossfeld said the language of the initiative would force disclosure of all major sources of funding. And he said it is worded in a way so that it pierces the multi-step donations, requiring that the ultimate sources of the dollars be disclosed, not only in reports filed with the Secretary of State’s Office but also in advertising, mailers and other campaign materials. “It creates a right for citizens, in the constitution,’’ Grossfeld said. “And that’s a right to know, specifically, the source of campaign funds.’’ None of this would help voters when choosing presidential or congressional candidates. Grossfeld said states have no say over federal campaign finance laws. This isn’t the first time Goddard has attempted to force public disclosure. In 2016, he paired with former

Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson, who was pushing his own ballot measure for open primaries. But both collapsed when funding ran out. Grossfeld said several things are different this time. The first is that the campaign spending measure against what he calls “dirty money’’ will stand on its own and not be linked to other ballot issues. And Grossfeld said he and Goddard believe they can gather the 225,963 valid signatures needed by July 5 to qualify for the ballot solely with volunteers, minimizing the need for up-front cash. He said they have the backing of members of Save Our Schools Arizona, the group that managed to gather enough signatures to force a referendum on legislation to vastly expand the system of vouchers that allows parents to use public dollars to send their children to private and parochial schools. Spokeswoman Dawn Penich-Thacker said her organization has not taken an official position. But she confirmed that key members of the group are working on the issue because they have common interests. More to the point, they have a common foe, if you will: the Koch

brothers. Americans for Prosperity, a group financed by the billionaires, already is involved in a lawsuit designed to keep the referendum from ever making the ballot. Separately, the brothers are financing the Libre Initiative which is is targeting Hispanic households nationwide in an effort to get support for vouchers – and oppose ballot proposals like Save Our Schools – with what Penich-Thacker contends is misinformation about who benefits from funneling state dollars into private schools. Any change, however, would provide only limited help to groups like hers. Under current laws, the only information that voters would get if and when the referendum is on the ballot next year is that the Libre Initiative put a certain number of dollars into defeating it, with no requirement to tell voters which individuals and groups provided financing, and in what amounts. Goddard’s political career also includes six years as mayor of Phoenix in the 1980s and two unsuccessful bids for governor, losing to Republicans Fife Symington in 1990 and Jan Brewer two decades later.

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ARC arts and crafts fair offers a variety of work for all AFN NEWS STAFF


t wouldn’t seem like the onset of the holiday season without the annual Arts and Crafts Fair at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center. But fear not: Dozens of artists and artisans have been busy all year getting ready for this year’s show, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive, Ahwatukee. Along with doing some of your Christmas shopping early, you’ll also see a wide variety of work in woodwork, silversmithing, pottery, ceramics, lapidary, stained glass, painting, sewing and quilting. Many of the items were made at the ARC’s extensive crafting facility. Some of the clubs are planning demonstrations to show how they ply their crafts. For even a bit more variety, some local artisans who are not ARC members have been invited to show their work as well. For most of these craftsmen and women, the reward is more from the creation of the artwork than any mone-

tary return, spokesman Ed Doney said. “And since this is in the main hall of a 55-and-older community, the fees to show work at the fair are minimal. The low overhead and lack of a profit motive results in prices well below what you will find in many other shows,” he added. A highlight of the event is the raffle of handcrafted items and original artwork. Emcee Peter Longo, a popular radio and television personality who provides golf entertainment and trick shots on Channel 3, will oversee the raffle. Breakfast, snack and lunch items will also be available. The chair of the arts and crafts committee is Terri Rinaldi and Sue (Special to AFN) Altman is vice Clockwise from upper right: Mary Whitney of the Woodworking Club completes a dinosaur; Sylvia Holt and Jim Snyder of the Saguaro Strippers Quilting Club make potholders; John MacDermott finishes a wooden bowl and Jewlery Crafters Club Presichair. dent Ron Nelson works on a bracelet. Their work will be on sale Nov. 18 at the ARC Arts and Crafts Fair.

Veterans, general public can enjoy annual car show Saturday AFN NEWS STAFF


he Ahwatukee Swim & Tennis Center is marking Veterans Day with its 14th annual car show. The free public show – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the center, 4700 E. Warner Road – will feature dozens of cars and trucks that ought to appeal to motor vehicle lovers of all ages, said organizer Lisa Robinson. “Many participants are from Ahwatukee,” Robinson said. “They love that it is so close, and they love parking on the beautiful grass in our park.

“Everyone loves the car show,” she added. “The participants enjoy showing their vehicles and love talking to people about their cars.” The car show will begin with a flag-raising ceremony featuring a bagpipe player and the Arizona State University Air Force ROTC. And veterans as well as active military members who want to enter a vehicle and vie for a trophy can enter their car or truck for free. They also are entitled to a free pancake breakfast. For everyone else, vehicle registration is $15 in advance and $18 at the door for

the first vehicle and $5 in advance and $7 at the door for every vehicle after that. Spectators can get in for free. “We usually have 70 vehicles entered in the show,” Robinson added. “Twenty have registered so far but most do not register until the day of the event. “We do not have motorcycles. We did for a couple of years, but the idea never really took off,” she added. Judging will be by two assistant managers from Discount Tire at 48th Street and Chandler Boulevard. Not all the vehicles may be recent, as the show has featured a 1930 Ford and

1937 Chevrolet Master Delux. Judging includes the most points for exterior body paint and overall appearance, with up to 15 points in each of those two categories. Up to 10 points are award in each of three categories: electrical, nonelectrical and engine. Up to five points are awarded for body fit and workmanship, windows and lights, exterior trim and wheels and tires. Another maximum five points are awarded in the categories of carpet and seats, headliner, dash and windows and body emblems. To register a vehicle: lrobinson@ahwatukeehoa.com or 480-893-3431 ext.5.




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yrene School District values its teachers – and so do local businesses. Recently, 13 teachers in the district’s Ahwatukee schools were given gift cards through the Kyrene Values Teachers program, a partnership between the district and business leaders. The program “recognizes teachers and school personnel who are remarkable in their efforts to ensure that students are ‘Catching Up’ and ‘Moving Up’ to meet and exceed grade level proficiency,” said spokeswoman Bonny Colinsek. “We recognize the critical role teachers and school personnel play in student achievement and the vital influence they have on the future of our community. Decades of research have shown that the quality of the teacher in the classroom has the most significant impact on student achievement. Quite simply, teachers matter more than any other aspect of schooling,” she added. Kyrene Superintendent Jan Vesely said,

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Book sale draws a throng Scores of book and bargain hunters descended on the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA last Saturday for the annual book sale benefitting the Y's Outreach Program for Ahwatukee Seniors. Clockwise from upper left: volunteer Andrea Groves unpacks more books; Jessica Mayer, left, and Janey Mayer rummage through a stack; volunteer Peter Blake-Ward unpacks still more donated books; Allan Karahasan busily scoops up more book bargains; Mark Klobas and an unidentified woman burrow into a pile of books to find some hidden gems; Kate McCahill, left, and Phyllis Chelgren consider one possible purchase; and young Marc Klobas checks out children's books. Y OPAS provides local senior citizens with free rides to stores, medical appointments and other destinations. PHOTOS BY DIANNE ROSS AFN Contributor





SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Teen council to meet

This group meets to plan teen events at the library. Teens can earn community service hours, make friends, have fun. DETAILS>> 2-3 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 12-18. Free. No registration required.


Children accompanied by an adult can stop by for fun LEGO building time the second Tuesday of each month. DETAILS>> 4-5 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 6-11. Free. No registration required.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Coffee with a cop

Join police from the South Mountain Precinct, which covers Ahwatukee, for casual conversation. There is no agenda and people can ask questions and express concerns related to public safety,. DETAILS>> 10-11 a.m., Fry’s, Lakeside Plaza, 3949 E, Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee. Free and open to the public.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Writers critique

Writers can gather for critiquing each other’s work.

Participants should bring five double-spaced pages of writing to get feedback. DETAILS>> 6-7:45 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Free. No registration required.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Level Up! set

Examine what makes games work and fun to play, and then design and make your own board or card game! Attendees must agree to the requirements of this ASU research partnership to participate. Details are in the calendar at phxlib.org. DETAILS>> 4-6 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 8-12. Free. No registration required.


Learn gardening from pros

Learn desert gardening by getting your hands dirty with the Ahwatukee Community Gardening Project. Share in the knowledge, the produce and the smiles. All ages welcome. Bring sun protection and water; tools optional. DETAILS>> 7-9 a.m. in the northwest corner of the park at 4700 E. Warner Road, Ahwatukee. Information : acgarden.org or 480-759-5338.

Little Bytes

Kids can learn the foundations of coding and computer commands before they can write or spell. Fun activities, apps and games will teach the fundamentals of simple logic, sequencing and coding language. #stem DETAILS>> Sundays (Nov. 5, 12 and 19)  2-3 p.m.,

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Coder Dojo

What do video games, robots and self-driving cars have in common? Code! You can become a coding master by learning Code.org, Kodable, Scratch, Tynker, HTML and more. Beginners welcome. #stem DETAILS>> Sundays (Nov. 5, 12 and 19) 3-4 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E Chandler Blvd. Ages 8-17. Free. No registration required.


Friends and neighbors

Ahwatukee Foothills Friend & Neighbors offers local women a chance to meet other ladies who like to have fun at monthly meetings and in its interest groups. The group meets the fourth Monday of each month at local venues to enjoy lunch or happy hour and sometimes a program. The small-group activities are varied and fun: card games, dominoes, mah-jongg, bunco, book clubs, out to breakfast, lunch or dinner, knitting, needlework, quilting, gardening, financial wellness, exploring Arizona and more. Because of Thanksgiving, this month’s meeting is Monday, Nov. 13, at Vincitorio’s in Tempe. In December, a holiday dinner-dance will be held Dec. 8 at the Foothills Golf Club. Payment is always due a week ahead of the event. DETAILS>> Contact affanwomensgroup@gmail.com.

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Chamber offers networking

The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce networking and leads group is open to chamber members. DETAILS>> Noon, Native Grill and Wings, 5030 E. Ray Road, Ahwatukee. Devida Lewis, 480-753-7676.

LD18 Dems meet monthly

Legislative District 18 Democrats gather monthly, usually the second Monday, to share news, opportunities, food and laughter. Meetings include guest speakers, legislative updates, how-to sessions and Q&A. Volunteer or just enjoy an evening with likeminded folks. DETAILS>> For times and places: ld18democrats.org/ calendar.


Homework help

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Adult coloring promotes mindfulness, reduces stress, and improves cognitive motor skills. We’ll provide the markers, crayons, colored pencils, and coloring sheets; you just bring yourself and your friends! DETAILS>> 1:30-3 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Free. No registration required.  


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Toastmasters sharpen skills

Improve your speaking skills and meet interesting people at Ahwatukee Toastmasters meetings DETAILS>> 6:45-8 a.m at the Dignity Health Community Room, 4545 E. Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee.

Power Partners available

The Ahwatukee Chamber offers Power Partners every Tuesday except the second Tuesday of the month, when attendees are encouraged to attend the Wake Up Ahwatukee Morning Mixer. Unlike our Monday Power Group, this group will be noncategory specific, meaning you can have more than one member in each business category. DETAILS>> 7:45-8:45 a.m. Early Baker, 15645 S. 40th

Tour Foothills Montessori

Ahwatukee Foothills Montessori offers a free tour every week for interested parents. DETAILS>> 4 p.m. 3221 E. Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee. Information: 480-759-3810 or ahwatukeefoothillsmontessori.com. Explore hands-on creative ways to design, experiment, and invent while learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) through tinkering DETAILS>> 4-6 p.m., (not on Nov. 29) Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 5-12. Free. No registration required.  

Sit, Stay, Read!

Young readers and listeners can sign up for reading time with a registered therapy animal and human team. Read to Truffles every Wednesday. DETAILS>> 3-4 p.m., (not on Nov. 29) Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Ages 5-10. Free. No registration required.

Watercolor classes available

Watercolor classes that teach both bold and beautiful as well as soft and subtle approaches to the medium are available twice a week for beginners

and intermediate students who are at least 15 years old. Step-by-step instruction and personal help are provided. DETAILS>> 2:30-5 Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays at Hobby Lobby, 46th Street and Ray Road, Ahwatukee. Cost: $25 per class, $80 for four classes. Registration required: jlokits@yahoo.com or 480-4718505.

Montessori holds open house

Ahwatukee Foothills Montessori holds an open house weekly. It includes a short talk about Montessori education, followed by a tour of its campus. DETAILS>> 4 p.m. Wednesdays, 3221 E. Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee. Information: 480-759-3810

Grief support is free

Hospice of the Valley offers a free ongoing grief support group for adults and is open to any adult who has experienced a loss through death. No registration required. DETAILS>> 6-7 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St. 602-6365390 or HOV.org.

Foothills Women meet

An informal, relaxed social organization of about 90 women living in the Ahwatukee Foothills/Club West area. A way to escape once a month to have fun and meet with other ladies in the area. Guest speaker or entertainment featured. DETAILS>> 7 p.m. second Wednesday of the month, Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive. Contact

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Parents can ‘drop in’

Parents are invited to join a drop-in group to ask questions, share ideas or just listen to what’s going on with today’s teenagers. DETAILS>> 5:30-7 p.m. second Wednesday of each month. Maricopa Cooperative Extension, 4341 E. Broadway Road, Phoenix. Free. RSVP at 602-8278200, ext. 348, or rcarter@cals.arizona.edu.

‘Dems and Donuts’ set

Legislative District 18 Democrats gather for an informal chat. DETAILS>> Free and open to the public 7:30-9 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month at Denny’s, 7400 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. RSVP: marie9@q.com or 480-592-0052.

LD18 Dems meet in Tempe

The Legislative District 18 Democrats meet the second Monday of the month. DETAILS>> 6:30 p.m. social time, 7-8:30 p.m. meeting time. Because the location may be different from month to month, see ld18democrats.org. Information: ld18demsinfo@gmail.com. Free and open to the public.

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Experience Kyrene at the School Choice Fair. Learn more about Kyrene schools, programs, and enrollment. Families will have the opportunity to meet principals and learn more about each of our 19 elementary schools located in Ahwatukee, Chandler, and Tempe. Learn more about Kyrene’s PreK through Grade 5 school options. Principals and representatives from Community Education will be present to share information and to answer questions. Kyrene School Choice Fair November 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m. - School Exhibits Presentations on program options at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.

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The Festival of Lights Committee says it is “desperate” for volunteers to work a three-hour shift at its 22nd annual Kick-Off Party the Saturday after Thanksgiving in Ahwatukee The minimum age for volunteers is 12 with an adult or 16 without one. Volunteers can sign up at folaz.org for any shift between noon and 8 a.m. Nov. 25. They will receive a free T-shirt and snack for their help. The party helps pay for the million white lights that decorate Chandler Boulevard from Thanksgiving through Christmas.

Businesses will be on hand at Foothills Montessori festival Ahwatukee Foothills Montessori will host its annual fall festival 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 18 on its campus at 3221 E. Chandler Blvd. The festival, which is open to the entire community, will include henna hand painting by one of the student’s parents, Priya Kalra of Experimac. Another seven to 10 businesses for the first time will be on hand at the festival and other businesses that want to participate are asked to contact Meaghan McClung as soon as possible at 480-759-3810 or afm@ ahwatukeefoothillsmontessori.com. “As well as a thank you to our current and former families, the festival is a great time for us to invite new families in to see our beautiful school and to meet our incredible staff, McClung said. “The AFM staff does all of the work; we just want our guests to enjoy themselves.” Participating businesses include Early Baker, Small Cakes Ahwatukee, Aqua Tots, Grateful Yogini, Jump Bunch, Zesty Zzeek’s and Jeremy Mardis’ Edward Jones office.

Some businesses will be offering samples, service/ product information and free sessions. Others are contributing to raffle prizes for the school’s St. Mary’s Food Bank food drive. Anyone who brings a non-perishable food donation to the Fall Festival gets a raffle ticket. Queso Good Quesadilla Truck will also be on site and activities will include a snow slide, bounce house, cookie decorating, games, crafts and prizes for the children.

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Principals and representatives from Community Education will be present to share information and to answer questions. The agenda includes a panel session on early education, school exhibits and a presentation on kindergarten and first grade. Information: kyrene.org or 480-541-1000.

Three Ahwatukee residents were initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, for their academic accomplishments at Arizona State University. They are: Demarie Holmes, Melissa Woodward, Stephan Tapernoux and Amanda Landingham. They are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Veterans can get free dental care in Ahwatukee on Friday Desert Dentistry, 4609 E. Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee is offering free dental care to veterans with proper ID 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 10. Veterans can get free fillings, extractions and cleanings by making an appointed at 480-706-4600. Doctors Thomas Mattern, Timothy Lukavsky, Timothy Taylor, Greg Edmonds and Ron Walker “all understand the sacrifice that the military make and simply want to give back to them,” a spokeswoman said.

Parents can learn more about Kyrene School District’s various elementary schools and programs and enroll their children at its second annual School Choice Fair 4:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the district office, 8700 S. Kyrene Road, Tempe.

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Mountain Park Church slates Senior Focus session  Senior Focus, a program aimed designed “to enhance the Christian journey and quality of life for seniors, their families and their caretakers through education, support and outreach,” has set a talk titled “Caregiver Stress Syndrome: Strategies to Thrive in the Middle of the Storm” with David Johnson 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 14 at Mountain Park Church, 16461 S. 48th St., Ahwatukee. “Caregiver Stress Syndrome is a condition resulting from the demands of caring for yourself, your immediate family and providing care for a dependent adult such as a parent, husband/wife or loved one.  Learn the signs, red flags and effective coping strategies,” the church said in a release. Information: 480-759-6200.  

Ahwatukee Legion post to hold benefit golf tournament

American Legion Post 64 in Ahwatukee needs help with donations and registrants for a golf tournament. The tournament is scheduled for 8 a.m. Dec. 16 at Legacy Golf Club, 6808 S. 32nd St., Phoenix. Cost is $90 per person for golf and dinner and $15 for a spouse as a dinner partner only. Because the legion has no physical club post and therefore no

income from bar and food services, Post 64 relies on the tournament to underwrite a vast array of charitable causes. It supports military and veterans’ hospitality rooms at Sky Harbor Airport, sends care packages to overseas military personnel, supports the Stand Down program for homeless vets, and supports various programs in Ahwatukee schools. The legion is looking for donations of raffle prizes, tournament sponsorships and players. Information: Pete Meir, 602-690-3361 or petemeier@cox.net; Doug Patterson at dpatterson27@cox. net or 602-791-6843 or Ed Mangan at emangan3@aol. com or 602-501-0128.

Feed My Starving Children sets packing sessions

Feed My Starving Children is inviting Ahwatukee residents to special holiday packing sessions for distribution of food to schools, clinics, orphanages and feeding programs in 70 countries. The $50 donation per volunteer (or $150 per household) required for the holiday sessions covers the cost of one box of 216 MannaPack meals, which feeds a child for seven months. “Normally, FMSC does not require a donation, but several times a year FMSC gives volunteers the chance to become fully invested by packing meals and investing financially in them as well,” the longtime charity said in a release. The sessions are on Thanksgiving, Dec. 10, Dec. 17, and Dec. 23. Sign-up: fmsc.org/fully-invested.

Dance clinic open to Ahwatukee young dancers at Corona High Corona del Sol High School is inviting Ahwatukee children who like dancing to its fourth annual dance clinic 1-4 p.m. Nov. 18 at the school, 1001 E. Knox Road, Tempe. Open to boys and girls ages pre-K to 8th grade, See

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the clinic is themed around the “Nutcracker. Dancers will learn choreography that they can perform at the dance clinic and in the Corona Dance Show Dec. 1 and Dec. 2. The $50 price includes snack, t-shirt, craft, commemorative photo and two tickets to the dance show. Register: tuhsdonlinereg.com (camps/clinics-Corona del Sol dance clinic). Information: Elizabeth Pease at edobyns@tuhsd.k12.az.us.

Science Center seeks volunteers to help out at Pompeii exhibit Ahwatukee residents are being sought to help with the Arizona Science Center’s big Pompeii exhibition which runs Nov. 18-May 28. Requirements and commitments include: 100 volunteer hours in one shift per week lasting four or eight hours, a background check, be able to stand for a four-hour shift, be at least 15 years old, attend training and complete a scavenger hunt prior to training. Volunteer opportunities include line monitor and ticket takers, information desk help, elevator escort and audio guide distributor. Information: azscience.org and select The Pompeii Exhibition.

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Lost Our Home Pet Rescue, a no-kill shelter in Tempe, will hold its seventh annual Holiday Champagne Brunch & Auction 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. “The brunch is our most important event of the year,” says Jodi Polanski, Lost Our Home Pet Rescue’s founder and executive director. “Our costs have increased this year as our intake of animals has increased.” Tickets are $85 and tables are $850. Sponsorships range from $1,000 - $10,000. To purchase tickets online and pre-register for the silent auction: lostourhome. org.

Phoenix Sister Cities is looking for high school sophomores and juniors for the Youth Ambassador Exchange Program. They would spend three weeks abroad with a host family in one of Phoenix’s Sister Cities and welcome their international host brother or sister for a visit to Phoenix. Applications are due at 5 p.m. Jan. 12. Applications are available at phoenixsistercities.org.

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Desert Vista High thespians to present musical-comedy AThe Thunder Theatre Company of Desert Vista High School will present the orchestra-accompanied musical comedy "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" at 7 p.m. today, Nov. 8, and tomorrow, Nov. 9, at the Joe McDonald Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults and are available at the door.

Sign-up underway for 2018 Arizona Senior Olympics

Ahwatukee residents who are 50 years old and above can sign up for the Arizona Senior Olympics, which will run Feb. 17-March 11 in various venues. Sponsored by the Arizona Lifelong Fitness Foundation, this is the games' 37th year of promoting health and fitness through more than 30 different kinds of competitions ranging from archery to bocce ball. volleyball to swimming and track. Regsitration: seniorgames.org. Information: 602274-7742.

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Besides celebrating the day, remember to thank our veterans BY PAUL MARYNIAK AFN Executive Editor


f you aren’t aware of the names Ed Mangan and Anthony Ameen, this week is a good time to keep them in your prayers. They did what many others haven’t – gave up precious time from their own lives to serve their country. Anthony gave up a helluva lot. The Class of 2000 Desert Vista High School alumnus and Purple Heart recipient was severely wounded in Afghanistan while trying to assist a wounded Marine. The Navy corpsman not only lost part of his left leg. He has undergone more than 32 surgeries to recover the use of his right leg and left hand. For a year of his dozen or so years in the Air Force, Ed was stationed in Thailand during the Vietnam War, servicing helicopters and planes used in the war. Both veterans have something in common: They haven’t stopped giving to their community and their country. Anthony has campaigned for better treatment of wounded veterans by the VA and runs a foundation, Wings for Warriors, that raises money to help men and women like him – valiant heroes wounded in that wars without end in Iraq and Afghanistan. Indeed, he’s running his second black-tie-optional gala 6-10 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Radisson Hotel Phoenix Airport, 427 N. 44th St., Phoenix. Tickets are $125 per person and $225 per couple with all proceeds helping wounded vets. As you learned in our cover story today,

Ed has been a part of Ahwatukee’s American Legion Post 64 for about 15 years. He’s commander now, had been commander of the post’s color guard and still serves in the color guard, even with his added leadership responsibilities. He’s not the only member of that post who gives a lot of precious free time to serving the community in various ways. And he’s not the only Ahwatukee veteran who does that either. But regardless of their level of community involvement, every veteran in Ahwatukee already has done quite a bit. They’ve given up entire periods of their life in the service of our country. Think of that disruption. Whether it’s in peacetime or war, they put off having a family – or being with their family – for at least a few years in the prime of their life to be in strange places in this country or abroad. Many have risked life and limb. Many have seen their friends die horribly on foreign soil. I would imagine it would be somewhat difficult to find anyone in Ahwatukee who doesn’t know at least one man or one woman who has donned a uniform and left their regular life behind in sacrifice of America. On Saturday, we as individuals and as a nation will pay tribute to the men and women who made that sacrifice. During the last two weeks, I’ve been inundated with announcements from businesses that are offering special deals on meals and merchandise for those who served. That’s all very good, but you might want to give a personal thanks not just to the veterans you know but the ones you don’t through either Anthony or Ed.

The Ahwatukee American Legion post is holding its annual golf tournament on Dec. 16 at Legacy Golf Club. The money it raises underwrites an incredible array of charitable activities by the legion, from programs for kids in Kyrene and Tempe Union schools that foster patriotism to support for homeless vets to care packages for active military in Iran and Afghanistan to scholarships and other activities. If you don’t golf, you can be a sponsor or donate an item for the tournament raffle. Or you can simply send a check to the legion in care of the Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85044-1706. If you want more tournament information, here are some contacts: Pete Meier, 602-690-3361 or petermeier@ cox.net; Doug Patterson, 602791-6843 or dpatterson27@ cox.net; and Ed Mangan, 602501-0128 or emangan3@aol. com. If you want to attend the gala or just want to send a few bucks to help those veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who will never be the same, go to wingsforwarriors.org or call 888598-4434. And whether it was in peace(AFN file photo) time or in war, to those of you who served, I personally and Anthony Ameen, who lost a leg in combat, helps other the entire AFN staff thank you wounded soldiers and veterans through his foundation, Wings for Warriors. for your service.


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Chamber Palo Verde awards go to Amoroso, Olson and Gordon The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce honored three businesswomen of the year and awarded scholarships to two others at its annual Palo Verde Awards dinner. In the middle row on the left, Chamber President/ CEO Lindy Lutz Cash welcomes guests and, in the next photo, Dr. Nicole Girard contributes one of the scholarship winners, Amy Ordonez. The other scholarship recipient, Doreen DevoyHulgan, could not attend. In the bottom row left, Ivy Furler, left, and Sidney Conway, were among the guests. In the photo on the right, Corporate Woman of the Year Beth Amoroso is flanked by Kiley Westby and Grant Milanio.

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Ahwatukee woman to launch her own beauty-product line BY PAUL MARYNIAK AFN Executive Editor


nicka Martin had a rough October. First she got walking pneumonia. Then she lost her job. A few days later, her best friend was killed when a motorist crossed the center line and hit her car head-on. But the three-year Ahwatukee resident and California native isn’t letting any of that slow her down from achieving her dream of establishing a “beauty empire.” On Thursday, she’s launching her own line of beauty products under the name Eneka Elements, which she is selling through etsy.com. Priding herself on “an amazing work ethic and an exquisite ability to research and pick up anything I want to learn,” the self-described “DIY queen” has made all the products herself, using family and friends to test them. “My family is very involved in trying all my products,” said Martin, who holds her bachelor’s degree in human services from California State University-Fullerton. “I have been traveling and giving my

products to them to try out. My friends are well pampered too trying bath orbs, Lotion Blossoms and Milk Bath Moments. Most of all, my 1-year-old son has impressed me by taking milk baths and enjoying the luxury of the Lotion Blossoms.” Though she primarily works as a coach for children with autism and their parents, Martin got into making beauty products because of “the lack of affordable and quality all-natural skin care products for me and my family. I lacked choice and so I decided to make more on my own.” Now, her goal is “changing the beauty industry by bringing my unique problem-solving abilities into my products.” “I am creating products for real people,” she said, recalling how her Right on Thyme Face Wash helped a cousin with severe acne. “She was taking chemical-filled acne face-wash medications that were so harsh and she needed a choice. I remember high school. It was hard to get acne and have high self-esteem, so my mind went to work. Thyme is so good at helping to get rid of acne and I wanted to keep the recipe under five ingredients too. I succeeded,

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Gateway Airport project would open up business to Mexico BY WAYNE SCHUTSKY AFN Staff Writer


hoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is working with a private Mexican developer to create a 360-acre mixeduse business park adjacent to the airport that could turn into a preeminent destination for American exporters by bringing Mexican customs officers to the East Valley. Those officers would pre-clear American cargo bound for Mexico – a draw for American companies that do business in Mexico. Currently, only select airports in Mexico have customs officers on hand to inspect incoming goods, which restricts the number of airports American businesses can use when shipping goods into the country. With Mexican customs officers on site, Gateway Airport could open up access to over a hundred additional airports in Mexico that do not have customs inspection services, according to information provided at the East Valley Partnership Aviation and Aerospace Committee’s October meeting.

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Increased access to Mexico would appeal to companies like Amazon and potentially allow the online retail giant to expand its two-day shipping service to the Mexican market, said Roc Arnett, former president and CEO of the East Valley Partnership. Earlier this year, the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority signed a memorandum of understanding with Mesa SkyBridge. The document is a precursor to an official Master Development Agreement and lays out a broad description of what the future development, tentatively known as SkyBridge AZ, would look like. Gov. Doug Ducey likely will officially announce the project after Thanksgiving along with trade representatives from Mexico and the White House. Mesa SkyBridge LLC is operated by Carlos Puente and Sky Plus Development Corp., according to Arizona Corporation Commission documents. That appears to be the same group behind a similar project in Mexico called Sky Plus Logistics & Aerospace Park. That development – a nearly 200-acre

project geared toward manufacturing and logistics companies – is under construction at Guanajuato International Airport. Puente is alternatively referred to as development director and CEO of Sky Plus in reports from the Mexican manufacturing and export publication “Mexico Industry.” Gateway Airport development’s connection to Mexico is a significant part of the proposed project as a portion would be set aside for Mexican and U.S customs facilities. On Aug. 23, Kevin K. McAleenan, acting commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, met with a Mexican trade representative in San Diego and agreed to a bilateral trade agreement. A part of that agreement allows Mexican customs officers to work beside U.S. CBP officers in U.S. airports under a Unified Cargo Processing program, said Teresa Small, Customs and Border Patrol affairs liaison. The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority anticipates that the August decision will result in the relocation of Mexican customs officials from Laredo,

Texas, to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and that “this is a tremendous opportunity to increase cargo activity at Gateway Airport,” according to minutes from the board’s monthly meeting in September. Small confirmed that the agency had received a request from the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority to station Mexican customs officers with CBP officers at the airport. However, she stated that they are “just in talks” at the moment and no official decision has been made. “It is not so much a real estate play as it is a logistics play,” Arnett said. CBP officers and Mexican customs officers already work together at select borders in Arizona as part of the Unified Cargo Processing program. That program began in Nogales at the Mariposa Port of Entry in July 2016 and since has expanded to San Luis and Douglas, Small said. The concept has resulted in a reduction in transaction costs for select businesses shipping cargo between the U.S. and Mexico, said William K. Brooks, CBP Tucson director of field operaSee

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tions, in a video prepared by the agency. The program has resulted in a time savings of around three hours for qualified shipments passing through the border, Mexican Customs Commissioner Ricardo Treviño said in the video. Arnett added companies could take advantage of the Foreign Trade Zone in the Mesa Gateway area to ship products into the U.S. for additional manufacturing and then send them to Mexico without paying additional taxes. Mexico is the No. 1 foreign destination for Arizona exports, accounting for 30 percent of all Arizona exports to foreign markets, according to Arizona-Mexico Economic Indicators from University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. Despite that impact on the state’s economy, Arizona accounted for only 6.5 percent of exports from border states to Mexico in 2016. That ranked ahead of New Mexico but well behind Texas (72.3 percent) and California (19.9 percent). While Arizona is not likely to close that gap completely, the new development at Gateway Airport could help Arizona “get a larger fair share” of exports to Mexico, Arnett said. The U.S. and Mexico Customs facili-

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A project like SkyBridge has been a goal of local development organizations since Williams Air Force Base reopened as a commercial airport in 1994.

ties accounts for only about a quarter of the proposed project, with the rest of the space reserved for commercial and industrial uses. A majority of the development – 169 acres – would go toward warehouse and light industrial space. The development, previously referred to as Gateway Aerospace Park, would also include a retail and hotel element at the entrance of the park that would cover ap-

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proximately 11 acres. It also would include 38 acres of office space and 60 acres dedicated to airport uses, including a taxiway, detention basins, utilities, roadways and open spaces. The memorandum calls for the airport to maintain ownership of the property and sign a 49-year lease with the developer. Under the agreement, Mesa SkyBridge is responsible for building 100 percent of


the “horizontal infrastructure” needed for the development. Horizontal infrastructure typically refers to things like roads, water and sewage lines and stormwater drains. The vertical infrastructure, such as the buildings themselves, would be developed jointly by Mesa SkyBridge, PMGAA and “local and foreign partners” in the form of build-to-suit structures designed for specific tenants. A project like SkyBridge has been a goal of local development organizations since Williams Air Force Base reopened as a commercial airport in 1994. Arnett referred to it as a “25-year developing success” and noted that it is not the only proposed development that could draw major attention from local and national businesses. Arizona State University is planning to develop a research complex similar to its existing Research Park in Tempe near the airport and is working with world-renowned design firm Sasaki on the project, Arnett said. He added that the university is about a month away from meeting with the city of Mesa about the infrastructure needs for the project. – Reach Wayne Schutsky at 480-898-6533 or wschutsky@timespublications.com.

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s financial assistance still available? How much does it cost? Are pre-existing conditions covered? Isn’t the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, dead? Who can help me enroll? If you are like most Arizonans, you likely have asked one of these or a multitude of other questions we have been asked when speaking with consumers about health insurance. We understand that confusion ex-

ists. Every day it seems like proposed health care changes are making news. However, when it comes to the enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace, it is important to note the facts and ignore rumors of what could or may happen in the future. The open enrollment period is much shorter this year. This year, Nov. 1 was the first day to enroll and Dec. 15 is the last day. This open enrollment period is the only time to go to the health insurance marketplace to purchase health insurance, apply for financial assistance or switch your current plan. After Dec. 15, only people with specific life changes can apply. With less time than in previous years, we encourage consumers to enroll in health insurance as soon as possible. Similar to tax assistance, you are likely to experience long wait times or may not be able to get an appoint-

ment if you wait until the deadline approaches. New plans and prices are available each year and plans may be more affordable than you think. Eight in 10 shoppers in the health insurance marketplace can qualify for a plan for $100 a month or less. The fact remains that eight out of 10 Arizonans buying through the health insurance marketplace receive financial assistance. When monthly premiums increase, financial assistance in the health insurance marketplace has also increased. In addition, thousands of Arizonans are eligible for no-cost coverage through AHCCCS (Medicaid), yet remain uninsured. You don’t know what you may be eligible for or what your costs will be until you take the time to apply. No-cost help to apply for coverage is available from certified counselors by calling 800-377-3536 (English and Spanish) or by scheduling an appoint-

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Businesses have content options to get their name out BY CHRISTINA GREEN AFN Guest Writer


ontent is essential to your business becoming – or remaining – an industry leader. It’s fast becoming a differentiator as more and more customers do their research online and make purchasing decisions long before they speak with one of your sales people. If you hate to write, but don’t want to pay someone else to do it for you, you don’t have to give up on content. You shouldn’t. There are other forms of content production that are as effective in helping you become a resource for your customers as the written word is. If you’re not a great writer, chances are these other forms of media will also be a lot more compelling and engaging for your audience. Video. There are a lot of options in this category, from webcam or cellphone production to slick agency cre-

ations. What you use depends on what you sell and to whom you’re selling it. But even a high-end luxury brand can create a campy, low-budget production hit if it resonates with the target audience. Generally, you’ll want to keep all videos under three minutes unless it’s very meaty subject matter. Ideas for videos include telling your story, client testimonials, product explanations, and things people who are in the market for your product or service need to know. Don’t forget to check out the live-streaming video options with Periscope, Meerkat, and Blab. Businesses can also do interesting things on the six-second looping Vine. Podcasts. The old joke “You have a face for radio” is no longer applicable with the increase in interest in podcasts. Thousands of mainstream marketers have embraced this successful medium because people are listening to podcasts with the same zeal of families who gathered around the radio in the

1940s to hear the latest installments of serials. Just ask NPR. Podcasts can be anywhere from a few minutes to 30 minutes long. A computer, headset, decent mic and some editing software is really all you need to get started. You can create a tips series or cover topics of interest to your audience. If you run a gym, a podcast on good nutrition might be a nice fit. Interview series. While this is a type of video or podcast it deserved its own mention. Lining up subject matter experts each week or month is a lot of work but a video series of this caliber provides an exponential return on your time investment. It becomes a valuable resource for your audience and establishes you as an industry expert because you are surrounded by top minds. Because you are selecting the guest lineup, you can choose experts who can help you further your message. Now you’re not the only one telling customers what to consider when buying, others are endorsing your beliefs.

Images. A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Picture posts get more click-throughs and shares than posts with just words. There are a lot of free design sites (Canva, Visme, Pixlr, to name a few) that can help you create posts that get attention. Marry your images with a strong message or inspirational quote and watch your engagement take off. No matter what media you choose to work in, it’s best to repurpose your content whenever possible. Use your videos to create transcripts for those who enjoy reading. Use soundbites to create social media posts, memes, or image quotes. Give your audience what they want in a form they can enjoy. When you do, you’ll find it saves you time and reaches a much broader audience. A broader reach translates to more sales. -Christina R. Green teaches small businesses, chambers and associations how to connect through content.





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Changed lives, perspectives and responses can change the world BY REV. SUSAN E. WILMOT AFN Guest Writer


hile we mostly think of dying in terms of crossing the ultimate and final gateway to new and unending life, it isn’t the only type of death we experience in life. There are multiple small deaths, losses or sacrifices in all of our lives. Some plunge us into periods of profound grief, and yet all invite reflection, healing and restoration. One such willing sacrifice every follower of Jesus makes is yielding to God’s will, which is what Jesus calls losing our lives in order to find life (Matthew 10:39). Unfortunately, our idea of self is so wrapped up in that intimate voice of ego it’s not surprising that we don’t lose ourselves in Christ easily or gently. Yet, in trying to avoid or defend ourselves from all worldly dangers, we can come perilously close to rejecting the One in whom there is no violence, but only steadfast, everlasting love and peace. In our efforts to secure our lives, we can turn away from the One who has the power to protect and heal, forgive and redeem, fill us with hope and joy, as well as fulfill the promise of everlasting life in Christ. We resist divine transformation, even though we know there’s something very wrong with the world. We resist God’s

guidance even when it’s clear that our human laws and ways of being set us up to exacerbate and widen the fault lines and distortions of our broken world, namely polarizing dichotomies that promote competitiveness, divisive reactivity and oppositional “them and us” thinking. Jesus didn’t stand for that kind of thinking (see Matthew 22:15-22), mostly because it ignores what Walter Wink calls “Jesus’ third way,” exemplified in His life and teaching, and ultimately in the cross and resurrection. We see similar patterns of being in the world, albeit in less perfect ways, in the lives of many followers of Jesus. We know that change is necessary, and God has given us the tools to make it happen. The gift of faith is the most powerful transformative agent in the world through which God opens the door to changed lives, changed perspectives and changed responses. The most visible aspect of a changed life is living peacefully, joyfully and with gratitude in right relationship with God and our neighbors. Psalm 133 is a good example of discernment in this respect, especially when we remember that all human beings are made in God’s image. Changed perspectives are revealed through the divine gift of renewed and transformed hearts and minds, just as the Apostle Paul summarizes for us in Romans 12:2. This is God at work in the deepest places of our soul, where thoughts, words

and deeds are planted, germinate, and come to fruition. Divine grace gives birth to a change in our perspective through an increased capacity and ability to see ourselves, others and the world around us as Christ sees us: in love, with tireless mercy and compassion. Our response to the world and to life’s challenges is also changed as we yield to God’s will and discover the meaning of our freedom in Christ. This change is most obvious when we refuse to accept the world’s version of reality as either normal or good. More importantly, a response is required. We must always challenge all that’s distorted and unbalanced in the world, however deep the lies are rooted or considered the norm, however painful it is to initiate and sustain the necessary change. There’s no place in God’s kingdom or God’s world for systemic violence, corporate greed and oppression for monetary gain, inequality and injustice, the violation of basic human rights or a lack of compassion for the poor, hungry and most vulnerable among us. As we yield to God in Christ Jesus we find the love, security and peace we’ve been looking for, and we’re empowered to serve others fearlessly. God’s love transforms us from the inside out. We’re agents of change inasmuch as we embody the love and mercy revealed

by God in Christ Jesus. The world can’t remain the same if we boldly reveal the divine characteristics that mark the pattern and shape of the robe of righteousness we wear in faith by God’s grace. Our choices reveal the beauty of that divine robe as we fulfill our promise to love God and love our neighbors in the broadest, most inclusive, generous and creative ways possible. As followers of Jesus, we’re clothed in loving-compassion, gentleness, joy and peace. But how is the world to know that until our words and actions are patterned and shaped by these divine characteristics? In Christ, we have free access to divine peace that denies oppression and the abuse of power, even as it shuns all violence. Faithful living embodies nonviolence regardless of the perceived threat or offense. In Christ, we’re invited to wholly embody God’s desire for shalom: peace with justice; mutuality that loves and supports all in community; an end to all forms of violence. Living our faith involves sacrifice. It will cost us some relationships, and can engender fierce opposition. Even though our feet are set on the way of the cross, we embody our passion to love and serve God and others as agents of change. -The Rev. Susan E. Wilmot is Vicar at St. James the Apostle Episcopal Church & Preschool, 975 E. Warner Road, Tempe. Reach her at rector@stjamestempe.org, 480-345-2686 or stjamestempe.org.

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hile some people already are counting the days to Christmas, a group of Ahwatukee and East Valley families are counting the days to Operation Christmas Child. They are part of the annual national project by the nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse, which aims to send decorated plastic shoeboxes filled with toys and necessities to thousands of needy children

around the world. The group’s national collection week is Nov. 13-20. “We are motivated by not only the needs of the children internationally but also the impact on individuals packing boxes,” said regional coordinator Robin Earle of Chandler, echoing the project’s theme of “reaching children and families on both sides of the box.” Samaritan’s Purse has distributed shoebox gifts to children in over 130 countries since 1993, and more than 12 million

received one last year. Earle noted that boxes packed by Arizonans last year were delivered to kids in India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Ukraine The idea behind the project is simple: Pack a shoebox with school supplies, toiletries and small toys. Prohibited items include toothpaste, candy, liquids, perishable food and war-related toys. The containers can be pre-decorated photo-storage boxes or plastic or conventional shoeboxes with tops and bottoms

gift-wrapped separately so they can be checked before they are shipped. Donors also are asked to donate $9 per box to defray shipping costs. Two separate teams are covering the East Valley. The Southeast Valley Team covers Apache Junction, Gilbert, Globe, Mesa, Queen Creek and San Tan Valley. Its new central drop-off location is HarSee

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Operation Christmas Child regional coordinator Robin Earle of Chandler briefs a group of volunteers before they pack shoeboxes. Through the program, Samaritan’s Purse has distributed shoebox gifts to children in over 130 countries since 1993.


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vest East Valley, 1120 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. It will be open 3-7 p.m. Nov. 1317, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 18, 1-4 p.m. Nov. 19 and 1-7 p.m. Nov. 20. Other drop-off locations can be found by entering a ZIP code at samaritanspurse. org/occ. Earle coordinates the South Mountain Team, which covers Ahwatukee, Chandler and Tempe. Its new central drop-off is Chandler First Baptist Church, 3405 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. It will be open daily noon-5 p.m. Nov. 13-19 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 20. Earle said her family has been part of Operation Christmas Child for 24 years. “Our family started packing boxes when the kids were preschoolers and now

they’re getting married,” she said. “How time flies!” Three years ago, she participated in a shoebox distribution in the Philippines, where pastors invited children from their communities to receive gifts. The country had been hit with a typhoon and a powerful earthquake. “People were literally walking on rubble and were so grateful for our gifts of love,” Earle said. Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, it has helped victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine and bases its name on the Gospel story of the Good Samaritan. It describes itself as an organization that “serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Bells of Praise is always looking for subs to help in our ringing schedule. If you are an experienced ringer, contact Leslie via the staff page on our website. DETAILS>> 7 p.m. Mountain View Lutheran Church. 11002 S. 48th St., Ahwatukee. 480-893-2579. mvlutheran.org.


Mountain Park Community Church is offering an ongoing GriefShare programs to help people deal with the pain of losing a loved one. DETAILS>> 6:30-8 p.m., 2408 E. Pecos Road, Ahwatukee. To register: mountainpark.org and click on Launch. Information: Alex at 480-759-6200



This Flow 1-2 class (intermediate) is free and open to the community. DETAILS>> 6-7 p.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. Greg Battle at 480-759-6200 or gbattle@moutainpark.org.  


GosBells, Mountain View’s learning handbell choir, teaches you how to ring those bells in this group. Must be committed to rehearsals and performance/worship times. DETAILS>> 6 p.m. Mountain View Lutheran Church. 11002 S. 48th St., Ahwatukee. 480-893-2579. mvlutheran.org.

Classes for those grieving over death or divorce. DETAILS>> 6:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W. Erie St., Chandler. 480-963-4127.

HOPE, an acronym for “Help Overcome Painful Experiences,” offers support for men and women who seek God’s grace and healing. DETAILS>> 6:30-8 p.m. Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. mountainpark.org.


The Terrific Tuesdays program is free and includes bagels and coffee and a different speaker or theme each week. Registration not needed. DETAILS>> 10-11 a.m., Barness Family East Valley Jewish Community Center, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler.

You are cordially invted to the Installation of Rev. Christopher Heller Saturday, Nov. 18th 5:15 pm Mountain View Lutheran Church 11002 S. 48th Street Phoenix, AZ 85044 Please join us in welcoming Rev. Chris Heller as our new Associate Pastor of Youth & Family Ministry and Discipleship. Discipleshi Bishop Lowell Almen will officially install him and preach in the service.


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Upbeat children’s choir with music and a message that kids can get excited about. This choir usually sings monthly during our worship services and presents a Christmas musical. DETAILS>> 5:30 p.m. Mountain View Lutheran Church. 11002 S. 48th St., Ahwatukee. 480-893-2579. mvlutheran.org.

Do you enjoy singing, but can’t commit to the regular September to May Sanctuary Choir schedule? Has it been a while since you’ve been part of a larger singing ensemble, and you’d like to try it out again for a few weeks? Be a part of the Cantata Choir that presents at Christmas on December 9 an 10! DETAILS>> 6:30 p.m. Mountain View Lutheran Church. 11002 S. 48th St., Ahwatukee. 480-893-2579. mvlutheran.org.



This “ringing and singing” choir is perfect for the younger kids who love music and want to learn to ring the handbells and/or enjoy singing! Chiming Cherubs present occasionally during our worship services and special holidays throughout the school year. DETAILS>> 5:45 p.m. Mountain View Lutheran Church. 11002 S. 48th St., Ahwatukee. 480-893-2579. mvlutheran.org.


Everybody loves a story. Join us as we read, hear, see, and discuss the Story of Jesus and how it connects with our lives. Each week highlights a captivating video from the amazing sand artist, Joe Castillo. Become part of the story as it engages us, surprises us, and transforms us. DETAILS>> 6:30 p.m. Mountain View Lutheran Church. 11002 S. 48th St., Ahwatukee.. 480-893-2579. mvlutheran.org/classes.


Study and examine the Scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday at a deeper level. This weekly class dissects the passages for the upcoming weekend, giving you time to study and understand the historical background. DETAILS>> 6:30 p.m. Mountain View Lutheran Church.

If you enjoy singing and want to play a role in worship, the Sanctuary Choir is your next step! This choir sings regularly at our 9:15 a.m. worship services and is a part of our Cantata Choir that presents around Christmas and Easter. DETAILS>> 7:30 p.m. Mountain View Lutheran Church. 11002 S. 48th St., Ahwtaukee. 480-893-2579. mvlutheran.org.


AWANA Children’s Clubs build lasting faith foundations for children, with games, Bible stories, learning God’s Word. DETAILS>> The clubs meet at Bridgeway Community Church, 2420 E. Liberty Lane, Ahwatukee, starting Sept. 6. 6-7:30 p.m. for kids 3 years old through sixth grade. Register at bridgewaycc.org or 480-706-4130.

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Early Baker dishes eye-opening breakfasts BY WYNTER HOLDEN GETOUT Contributor


yrian native Kinana Halik makes the best croissants in the world – at least according to her husband,

Adam. The iconic crescent-shaped French pastry is among the house specialties at Early Baker, an eclectic bakery and fast-casual restaurant in Ahwatukee’s Mountainside Plaza. The eatery namesake is Kinana, who makes a habit out of getting up at 4 a.m. to start baking. By the time her sons are ready to get up for school, she’s already whipped up two cakes, several loaves of homemade bread and a tray of French macarons decorated like tiny autumn pumpkins. “When I started baking for the first time, it was like fireworks went off,” Kinana said. “I don’t call it a job. Even now, it’s a hobby.” She learned to cook nearly two decades ago, when Adam received a technology job assignment in Japan. Kinana, then a certified physician, didn’t have a work visa. Looking for hobbies to keep her mind occupied, she enrolled in cooking school. Kinana’s early training shows in her Japanese cheesecake, a fluffy crossbreed of pound cake and the classic cream cheese confection. It’s nearly as springy as angel food, with creamy layers and a delicate sweetness. Adam occasionally sneaks his favorite caramel sauce onto some customers’ plates, but this cheesecake is perfect without any additions. Early Baker’s other sweets are equally well-balanced. Mixed-berry crepes have just enough tartness to offset rich cream cheese filling, while sugary orange blossom honey is used sparingly in light, crisp pistachio baklava. The latter is baked into tiny bird’s nests, its phyllo layers gently rolled and drizzled to prevent them from turning into the lead-weight pastries found at most Middle Eastern restaurants. Even notoriously sugary French macarons are toned down. The seasonal pumpkin has a spicy-sweet flavor somewhere between chai and Apple Jacks cereal, without the

cloying aftertaste some people find in American macarons. The tangy lemon variety was available after we brought in a copy of Scrabble to occupy ourselves during a dessert break. “We want to encourage people to come in for coffee or dessert and play games,” Adam said. That’s the kind of friendly, welcoming service you can expect at Early Bak(Photo by AFN Contributor Kelly Athena) er. The Haliks per- Early Baker owners Kinana and Adam Halik with their sons Kareem, 12, and Omar, 20. sonally greet their regulars. They even Heap the designed the space, from the juicy orange walls and rooster statues to the hand- accompanygreens picked dining tables and cozy conversation ing potanook. A Jenga tower in the corner invites and toes onto guests to stay and play. Visit the high tea room – used for pri- the central vate parties, but open for community din- players and ing during peak hours – and you’ll find an you have a eclectic wall display of Kinana’s Japanese breakfast dish that’s hearty fabric art. Want to order a custom cake? Try a sam- and flavorful, ple on the house. Craving breakfast past with a welthe 11 a.m. posted time? No problem, this come burst of acidity and isn’t McDonald’s. from “You can order breakfast or lunch any- brine (Photo by AFN Contributor Kelly Athena) time. We don’t report to anyone,” Adam the Greek sal- Spinach croissants are made fresh every morning at Early Baker. ad. said. The only main Though most of the current menu focuses on egg dishes, crêpes and sandwiches, dish that disappoints is a turkey-and-Swiss pastry. “It’s the best in Arizona,” Kinana said, a the Haliks plan to expand the offerings as crêpe. Though the béchamel is made inword of mouth about dinnertime service house and the crêpes freshly pan-cooked, sentiment echoed on Early Baker’s website. According to the Haliks, one of their this classic doesn’t have enough flavor to grows. While Early Baker is known for pastries, compete with a cheesy egg boat or French regulars came in recently after visiting San Francisco’s famed bakery, Tartine. The patoast. its savory entrees are worth sampling. Because its ingredients are so mild, this tron sampled Early Baker’s version and – afThe Early American sandwich plate pleases with herb-crusted Middle Eastern crêpe needs a boost. A little pepper jack or ter a nerve-wracking pause – declared the local croissant her favorite. potatoes and juicy turkey sausage, taking fresh rosemary would go a long way. Information: Early Baker, 4025 E. Though Adam Halik is convinced there’s second only to the heartier Early Steak & Egg made with thin-sliced roast beef and no better croissant on the planet, his wife Chandler Blvd. Ahwatukee. 480-316-6334, is slightly more humble about her signature earlybaker.com three eggs.




Gilbert siblings preparing to shine at Mesa Music Fest BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI GET OUT Editor

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(Left) Sophie Dorsten is looking forward to playing new songs for the crowds at the Mesa Music Festival.


hen Sophie Dorsten saw her brother, Alex, play guitar with his band Vintage Wednesday, she was hooked. “I wanted to play music,” she said. “I was only in choir at school, but I started singing on my own – and I picked up the guitar.” In six years, the 15-year-old Gilbert singer-songwriter has performed at Valley venues like the Queen Creek Olive Mill, Marquee Theatre and the now-shuttered Alice Cooper’stown. She’ll return to the free Mesa Music Festival in mid-November. For a complete schedule, visit mesamusicfest. com/schedule.


What: Mesa Music Festival Where: Various locations throughout downtown Mesa When: Thursday, Nov. 9, to Saturday, Nov. 11 Cost: Free Info: mesamusicfest.com

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(Below) Vintage Wednesday – from left, keyboardist/bassist Christopher Marchant, drummer Josh Jones, vocalist Taylor Sackson, and guitarists Logan Dubek and Alex Dorsten – play the Mesa Music Festival in November and the Marquee Theatre in December.

“It was really cool walking around and seeing all these different people performing, and all the art everywhere,” said Sophie, a Gilbert Christian High School sophomore, about her previous appearance. Citing Adele as her biggest influence, Sophie recently released the single “Beauty of the Heart,” a song she found easy to write. See

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nspired by his grandfather, Gabriel Garfio has always been fascinated with food. Sometimes, it was much to his parents’ chagrin. “When I was 5 or 7, my parents owned a small German bakery in California,” Garfio said. “My grandpa was one of the bakers. I would sneak off at 2 in the morning when he was going to work. I told him my parents said it was fine. Then he’d get a phone call asking where I was. I just needed to go in and see the kitchen.” Garfio, now 24, serves as executive chef at Sunnyside Breakfast Lounge, near Power and McDowell roads. He and his parents bought the restaurant, the former home of The Egg and I Café, when he was 19. Garfio came up with the name, the mission and designed the creative menu as a student at Johnson and Wales University in Colorado. The location was scouted by Garfio’s parents, but the chef previously mountain-biked in a park behind Las Sendas. The bright eatery has an open-kitchen concept, something that the former occupant lacked, he said. Paintings grace the

walls, and with Nutella the staff spread, fresh can be overbananas and heard making walnuts. A smoothies similar dish is and chatting Banana Nuteabout ingredilla Crepes ents as guests ($10.49). sit at a bar. A graduate “We want of EVIT and an ambiance Highland High that invites School, Gar(Tim Sealy/Special to AFN) guests to eat a fio serves the good, whole- Artwork adds a homey feeling to Sunnyside Breakfast Lounge standards as at Power and McDowell roads. some meal well: biscuits and have good service,” Garfio said. and gravy ($10.79), chicken fried steak ($11.89) Sunnyside Breakfast Lounge specializes in and corned beef hash ($11.89). Burgers, BLT, eggs Benedict, ranging in price from $10.89 lox and cheese, salads and gluten-free ofto $11.89 and topped with items like avoca- ferings round out the menu. do, chorizo, crab cakes and salmon. Don’t count out the Sunnyside Bloody Its menu runs deep. Also for breakfast, Mary ($7) or The Perfect Paloma, with Patrol there are Latin dishes like Savory Sonoran silver, fresh grapefruit juice, lime and chamCrepes ($11.89) or Mom’s Recipe Chilaquiles pagne ($17). It also serves “Classy Cham($11.89). Savory omelets are popular dishes pagne,” the “Modest Mimosa,” screwdrivers as well, especially the Chile Verde Omelet and beer. ($11.59) and the Rocky Point Omelet ($11.59). Garfio isn’t done creating just yet. The “Sweet Cravings” menu is worth the trip: “We’re coming up with different seasonal Brave Banana ($10.49) features pancakes lay- specials,” he said. “We have pumpkin panered with creamy banana custard, topped cakes made with real pumpkin – no puree.


We take seasonal items and use them in different ways people haven’t seen before. We should have the pumpkin pancakes until the end of November. We’ll start something new in December.” An avid gardener, he has his sights set on farm-to-table offerings. “I want to take that approach and have a garden to cultivate fruits and vegetables,” he said. “There is so much negativity about produce and the meat industry. I figured if I could do it myself, I’ll be better off.” Garfio explained he would be nowhere without his staff, whom he puts “on a pedestal.” “They make Sunnyside successful, with lines out the doors,” he said. The service extends to his his grandfather, who has relocated to Rocky Point. “His first stop is always Sunnyside,” he said. “He catches me by surprise, but I give him personal service and make him creative dishes that aren’t on the menu. It’s the least I can do for pushing me through my career.” Information: Sunnyside Breakfast Lounge, 2823 N. Power Road, Mesa, 480832-9696, sunnysidebreakfastlounge. com, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

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“I mostly write songs that are about myself. Some are about other people,” she said. “They’re mostly poetic.” Sophie was a semifinalist in Alice Cooper’s Proof Is in the Pudding competition in 2015 and 2016. She has performed the national anthem at spring training games. Vintage Wednesday – lead singer Taylor Sackson of Mesa, drummer Josh Jones, Dorsten and Logan Dubek on guitar, and keyboardist/bassist Christopher Marchant – is slated to play the Mesa Music Festival as well.


“This is the third year we’re playing it,” he said. “It’s fun to stick around and see the other bands who are playing.” Alex said shows like the Mesa Music Festival allow fans to see that Vintage Wednesday is the real deal. “We all like each other, and that accounts for a lot of the success we’ve had,” said Alex, who teaches guitar to kids at the Boys and Girls Clubs in Mesa and Scottsdale. “Many bands are thrown together by people. There’s no connection. They’re just there. I feel like because we’re friends, that pushes us along and keeps us going.”

The Dorsten household is filled with music, but Sophie and Alex rarely play together. He is usually at work, building guitars, teaching music or playing gigs when Sophie straps on her guitar. “We do collaborate at times,” he said. “She’ll ask, ‘What should I put there?’ I’ll tell her that a chord can work, etc. Her strength is her ability to pick up on stuff quickly. She has a strong, powerful voice, too, for as young as she is.” Sophie was a Christmas Pudding runner-up, but Vintage Wednesday took home the prize. Last December, the band set the

Celebrity Theatre stage for Korn, Gin Blossoms and Hollywood Vampires, which features Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry. “It was the craziest night of my life,” singer Sackson said. “I met all of them. I told Johnny Depp his best movie was ‘Rango,’ which is obviously not true. When we finished performing, I went into the green room and Brian ‘Head’ Welch from Korn was digging through my purse, grabbing our CDs. They were all so normal and welcoming and friendly. It’s not what you would think Hollywood would be like.”

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Mountain Pointe facing familiar foe after first-round blowout BY GREG MACAFEE AFN Sports Editor


s everyone expected, No. 1 Mountain Pointe High School breezed by No. 16 Cibola High Friday night to advance to the second round of the 6A state playoffs. The Pride jumped out to a quick lead and built a 37-0 lead before the half ended. At the final whistle, the Pride held 65-0 lead and began looking to their next matchup as they attempt to return to the state championship for the second straight year. To accomplish that goal, the Pride will have to get through a familiar foe, a team that pushed them to the brink earlier this year. Back on Oct. 6, Mountain Pointe (9-2) committed a trio of first-quarter turnovers that allowed the Highland High Hawks (8-3) to build a 13-0 firsthalf lead.

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Pride quarterback Nick Wallerstedt pitches a touchdown.

But the Pride team that to take home a second straight playoff came out of the locker victory, it will need to isolate both Wood room at halftime looked and Cullimore on the offensive side of like a completely different the ball. The line will also have to key squad. in on these two, along with Highland Behind a Delano Salgado leading tackler Tate Speaker, who has 99 37-yard touchdown run tackles on the season. and a Gary Bragg one-yard The Pride’s ability to run the ball has touchdown run, the Pride been its strength all season long. The stormed back to take the team has a stable of backs that includes lead in the fourth quarter. Bragg, Jakim McKinney, Salgado and They also held the Hawks senior Je’on Moss, has recently emerged, scoreless in the second half scoring two touchdowns in the past two and escaped with a 14-13 games. win. Their success on the ground also has This time around, things set up the passing game for Wallerstedt, might be a little different. giving him time in the pocket to either One big factor of the first throw or to tuck the ball and run if no meeting was Mountain one is open. Pointe’s slow start. Turning If the Pride can establish their running the ball over three times can game and avoid turning the ball over, it often lead to a large deficit should be able to walk away with this (Cheryl Haselhorst/AFN Contributor) that some teams don’t have one and advance to the semifinals for a Mountain Pointe’s Gary Bragg breaks a tackle as he powers his the ability to overcome. matchup with the winner of No. 4-seed way toward the Pride’s third touchdown. Also, Mountain Pointe Perry and No. 5-seed Hamilton. They have played on both sides of the quarterback Nick Wallerstedt, who No. 1 Mountain Pointe and No. 8 threw one interception and fumbled ball this year and have been relentless as Highland kick off at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. twice in the first matchup, has grown well. Cullimore, has racked up 54 tackles 10, at Mountain Pointe High School. as both a player and a passer since that this season from the safety position and -Contact Sports Editor Greg Macafee at picked off two passes. game. gmacafee@timespublications.com. Follow On offense, Cullimore has carried the Greg on Twitter @greg_macafee The junior gunslinger threw for only 41 yards in that game and since then has ball 70 times for 360 yards and yet to throw under 100 yards. He threw seven touchdowns and he als for 160 yards and two touchdowns on has caught 20 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns. Friday against Cibola. One player that Wallerstedt will It doesn’t stop there for the have to watch out for in this matchup superstar junior, as he also is defensive back Jalen Johnson, who’s returned has two kickoffs for picked off four passes this season for the touchdowns in 2017. Jacob Wood has been just as Hawks. The Hawks come into Friday night big for the Hawks this season. after a big 41-21 win over No. 9-seed He’s rushed for a team-high 460 yards and six touchdowns this Desert Mountain on their home field. But just like that game in October, the season, including a 91-yard, Hawks will have to travel to Karl Kiefer three-touchdown performance Stadium and attempt to beat the Pride against Gilbert on Oct. 20. on their home field – something only The 5-foot-11, 210-pound one team has accomplished since 2011. senior has racked up 62 tackles First-year head coach Brock Farrel and from his linebacker position the Hawks bring a lot of talent to the and also has been just as big in table. They have received contributions the passing game, picking off from several players this year, but junior four passes. Mountain Pointe boasts one Kohner Cullimore and senior Jacob (Cheryl Haselhorst/AFN Contributor) of the best defenses in 6A, and Lararea Pleasant-Johnson scores Mountain Pointe’s second Wood have been two of the biggest. TD by reaching out for a Wallerstedt pass.



Injuries stopped Desert Vista High short of playoff berth BY GREG MACAFEE AFN Sports Editor

Leading up to the 2017 high school football season, the expectations for the Desert Vista High School varsity football team were high. And why wouldn’t they be? The Thunder boasted a strong defense, longtime head coach Daniel Hinds was returning a strong secondary from a 7-5 team and two of his top three tacklers also were back. Larry Davis, one of those returners, also led the team in sacks in 2016. Offensively, two of his biggest offensive weapons, Keishaud White and James Stagg were back, and the only question that really remained was who would fill in for 2,000-yard passer Nick Thomas. Insert Nevada transplant Derek Kline into the equation and it seemed the Thunder had all the answers and would be bound for the playoffs for the third straight season. They had all the intangibles of a state playoff caliber team. Then, 2016 state semifinalist Perry came to town for zero week on Aug. 18 and handed the Thunder a 49-17 loss.

“I thought it was kind of an eyeopener for us to see where we were at. It was a good barometer for us,” Hinds said. Hinds and his team learned from the loss and focused on what they needed to do to get better. And they did. The Thunder broke off a four-game win streak that included victories over Basha (29-19), Skyline (44-13) and Dobson (42-0). It also slipped by Brophy Prep 17-14, and the Thunder were feeling good. Kline had thrown for 1,015 yards, 11 touchdowns and only two interceptions, which both came against Perry. He had developed a rapport with receiver Jake White as the senior caught 18 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns over the four-game win streak. And defensively, Davis had racked up 47 tackles and four sacks. “There was a lot of excitement and we were on a roll,” Hinds said. “Football is an amazing game and momentum is such a big thing in football and we had good momentum going.” Then came the Ahwatukee Bowl.

While the final score represented a different story, the Thunder put up a fight for as long as it could, only falling to No. 1-seed Mountain Pointe by five points. But, this is where things started to go awry for the Thunder, which played that game without Keishaud White and lost Jake White to injury. White was the first in a slew of injuries that plagued the entire Desert Vista team. After a 35-7 loss to Desert ridge on Oct. 20, which put the Thunder into a must-win scenario to end the season, Hinds said that the number of injuries his team suffered was the worst in his 16 years of coaching. While White and other key contributors like James Stagg and Chris Garcia returned for the season finale against Corona del Sol, football is a game of momentum and that was something the Thunder couldn’t recover. After the loss to Corona del Sol, Desert Vista finished 2017 on a threegame losing streak and narrowly missed the playoffs. Since they both captured regional championships, Westview and Cibola


were assured automatic bids into the state playoffs and jumped Desert Vista in the rankings. “Even though we had Jake come back and Chris come back, we just couldn’t quite find a way to kick start it and get it going again,” Hinds said. The season was cut short, but younger players like sophomores Tyson Grubbs and Colby Humphrey got valuable snaps and playing time that will help them in the future. Juniors Jordan Huddleston and Dominic Shepardson were also able to do the same. Over the final four games, Shepardson became one of Kline’s favorite receivers, catching 11 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown. Huddleston rushed for 106 yards and one touchdown in their 28-22 win over Gilbert. To describe how that will help them in the future, Hinds recalled a playing memory of his own. “I remember as a player the first time playing on Friday night when I was a junior going against Mesa high school,” See

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Thunder capture 4th cross-country title BY GREG MACAFEE AFN Sports Editor


or the fourth straight year, the Desert Vista High School boys cross-country team was crowned as the Division I state champions, blowing away the competition with a team score of 34. “It doesn’t get old, every one of them is special and we celebrate this one the same, but it’s certainly exciting to get four in a row, and we did believe awhile back that we had an opportunity to do that,” Desert Vista head coach Chris Hanson said, adding: “But, to actually do it, it kind of puts it into perspective because you can’t really wrap your head around it until it happens.” Desert Vista finished 96 points ahead of the second-place team and the school’s top five runners all finished in the top 15 and all seven finished in the top 30. While capturing a state championship is a great accomplishment, Desert Vista

(Mark Schmissuer/Special to AFN)

The Desert Vista High School cross-country team celebrates winning its fourth consecutive state title after blowing away the competition over the weekend.

has bigger goals. In two weeks, the team will attempt to finish in the top two teams at the NXR Southwest Regional Championships so it can qualify for the National Championships on December 2 in

Portland, Oregon – something no boys cross-country team from Arizona has ever done. Hanson believes their performance on Saturday sets them up well to compete against the top teams in the Southwest.

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“I think this puts us in position to be competitive,” Hanson said. “We know there are some strong teams coming from Utah and from Colorado and we certainly don’t think were in the driver seat by any stretch of the imagination. But, the good news is we don’t have to worry about them we just have to worry about ourselves and take care of the things that we need to do.” But the Thunder will savor this victory for now. Through the first five minutes of the race, six Desert Vista runners were paced together in the top 25. After two miles, the three-time defending state champions were on pace for a team score of 36, which they ended up beating with a final team score of 34. As the racers came over the final hill, senior Habtamu Cheney held the lead, and it looked like he would become Desert Vista’s fourth individual state champion and the first since 2015. See

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he boys from Desert Vista High School weren’t the only competitors to find success at the state cross-country meet at Cave Creek Golf Course on Friday. Just one year after finishing as a runner-up, Thunder senior Haley Wolf captured the Division I individual state championship Saturday afternoon with a clocking of 18:38. While Wolf captured the top individual spot, the girls finished third in the team standings with top 30 finishes from sophomore Katy Clausen (21st, 20:24) and sophomore Maddy Shoemaker (29th, 20:49). Sophomore Allison Estrada (32nd, 20:51) and junior Soraya Holley (21:19) rounded out the top five runners for the Thunder. Last season, Wolf took second place to Sandra Day O’Connor’s Jesselyn Bries and was followed by four of her teammates as the Thunder captured a state championship with 20 points, compared to Chandler’s 105. Wolf

said she used that runner-up finish as motivation for this season. “It was definitely motivation, I just wanted to finally get a state championship, so it’s definitely exciting,” Wolf said, just one week after winning the sectional meet at Crossroads park in Gilbert. Just like the boys’ team, the girls will compete at the NXR Southwest Regional Meet in Casa Grande on Nov. 18 (Greg Macafee/ AFN Sports Editor) at the Grande Sports Desert Vista senior Haley Wolf makes a mad dash for the finish line and a state title. Complex. After the successful “This season has been turning out giving me more and more confidence. season that she has had so far, she’s really well,” Wolf said, acknowledging So, I’m looking forward to the looking forward to what the postseason her individual state and sectional postseason and see what happens there.” may hold. championships. “Every race has been

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But Highland sophomore Leo Daschbach out-sprinted Cheney down the stretch to capture the individual honor with a clocking of 15:53, three seconds ahead of Cheney. “It wasn’t exactly the result I wanted,” Cheney said after capturing second place. “I finished fourth last year and beat my time this year and but the goal was a team state championship.” Fellow seniors Reece Donihi (16:06), Bryce Schmisseur (16:14), and Nick Thatcher (16:21), placed fifth, ninth and 12th. Super sophomore (Greg Macafee/ AFN Sports Editor) and Section I individual Highland’s Leo Dashbach and Desert Vista’s Habtamu Cheney champion Sammy Van were only three seconds apart. Alstine rounded out the top five runners for Desert Vista, finishing gives the program hope moving forward. sixth with a clocking of 16:08. But, of the seven runners who competed The Thunder had success at the for the Thunder at the state meet, six sectional meet, sitting some of its top were seniors. runners and still capturing a sectional Hanson said it will be tough to replace championship – which Hanson said them after this year.


“There are six seniors who raced today, and it’s going to be hard to replace them. This is a strong senior class, and we have known it since they were freshmen,” Hanson said. After the race, Hanson said he was a big believer that the relationships he has been able to build with the seniors has been a big part of their success over the past few years. Most of the seniors have been with the program since they were freshmen, giving them four years to buy into the program and the work ethic that was needed to accomplish their goals. “The relationship is the key. It’s huge, and to have them for four years is just amazing,” Hanson said. “When I hear of stories in New York and Minnesota and Florida, they get kids in middle school, so they have kids for six or seven years. I can see how they are national powerhouses, because it’s the relationship that impacts the runner and impacts the team and the whole culture.” On Nov. 18, the team will compete for an opportunity to qualify for the National Championship at NXR Southwest Regional Championship. That meet will take place at the Grande Sports Complex in Casa Grande.


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Hinds said. “I just remember the lights coming on and it was like ‘wow.’ Well that ‘wow’ factor for the sophomores is behind them, which is big. So, were excited about that.” The season didn’t end the way that they wanted to, but Hinds and the team already have taken to the drawing board for next season. So, when the 2018 season rolls around, the Thunder will be ready to roll.

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YOUR LAWN   XPERT   1995   ROC   2282663   **    B **INCE      IINSURED   ROC   82663   BEEONDED   ONDED   NSURED   YOUR   LAWN   XPERT  SSINCE   1995                                                                          

25 years exp. Call Now (480) 720-3840

YOUR LLAWN   SSINCE   11995   ROC   282663   *  EEBXPERT   ONDED   *  INSURED   YOUR   AWN   XPERT   INCE   995                                                                           YOUR  LAWN  EXPERT  SINCE  1995                                      


Juan Hernandez



Landscape Lighting

25 Years exp (480) 720-3840

Wi-Fi Irrigation & Lighting timers Misting Systems

Landscape Design/Installation


UNDER $100

Foothills Touch Landscapes LLC Lawn care/Maint. Starting as Low as $25. Install/Design

We Do Installs!

Not a licensed contractor

Warranty On All Work Call Dennis or Lisa

Ahw. Res. 30 yrs Exp Free Estimates. Call Pat (480) 343-0562


Meetings/Events Overeaters Anonymous Tuesday's at 10:30 AM Esperanza Lutheran Church Ray & Thunderhill

Not a Licensed Contractor

See MORE Ads Online! www.Ahwatukee.com

Landscape Maintenance

Specials Lawn Mowing Starts At $20 Full Service Starts At $70 SONORAN LAWN



We will give you totally new landscaping or revamp your current landscaping! Tree/Palm Tree Trimming • Sprinkler Systems Desertscape • Gardening • Concrete Work Block Wall • Real & Imitation • Flagstone


602-471-3490 or 480-962-5149 ROC#276019 • LICENSED BONDED INSURED

Arizona Registrar of Contractors (ROC): The advertising requirements of the statute does not prevent anyone from placing an ad in the yellow pages, on business cards, or on flyers.

Again, this requirement is intended to make sure that the consumer is made aware of the unlicensed status of the individual or company.

15 + Yrs Exp! All English Speaking Crew

We Only Service Ahwatukee, So We Are Always Close By To Meet Unexpected Needs

Most service advertisers have an ROC# or "Not a licensed contractor" in their ad, this is in accordance to the AZ state law.

What it does require under A.R.S. §32-1121A14(c) www.azleg.gov/ars/ 32/01165.htm is that the advertising party, if not properly licensed as a contractor, disclose that fact on any form of advertising to the public by including the words "not a licensed contractor" in the advertisement.

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Not a licensed contractor

Public Notices

Landscape Design/Installation

Contractors who advertise and do not disclose their unlicensed status are not eligible for the handyman's exception. Reference: http://www.azroc.g ov/invest/licensed_ by_law.html As a consumer, being aware of the law is for your protection. You can check a businesses ROC s t a t u s a t :

http://www.azroc .gov/

HIRING? People are looking at the Classifieds Every day! Email Your Job Post to: class@times publications.com or Call







PROFESSIONAL PAINTING Interior, Exterior House Painting. Stucco Patching. Gate/Front Door Refinishing. Quality work/Materials Free Estimate Ignacio 480-961-5093 602-571-9015 ROC #189850 Bond/Ins'd

Christian Business Networking, Chandler BiMonthly Chapter 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of the month Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Room B202 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Maia, 480-4250624, christianbusinessnetworking.com

Painting SUN TECH


Serving Ahwatukee Since 1987 Interior / Exterior • High Quality Materials & Workmanship • Customer Satisfaction ates • Countless References Free Estim • Carpentry Services Now Available


602.625.0599 ROC #155380 Family Owned • Free Estimates

The Valley’s Premier Painters Proudly Serving Ahwatukee for a Decade. Family Owned & Operated -Interior & Exterior Painting -Stucco/Drywall Repairs & Texture Matching

Interior/Exterior Painting RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL


• Free Estimates • Light Repairs, Drywall • Senior discounts


Affinity Plumbing LLC 480-487-5541 affinityplumber@gmail.com


References Available Not a licensed contractor

Call Jason:




Your Ahwatukee Plumber & East Valley Neighbor Anything Plumbing Same Day Service Water Heaters


-Minor Carpentry

Inside & Out Leaks


-4 Year Warranty!




Estimates Availabler

Summer AC Tune Up - $59

-Competitive Pricing


ACP is 100%Veteran Owned & Supports Our Vets with 10% off for all Military Personnel

$35 off


Any Service

Not a licensed contractor

See What We’re Up To!


Plumbing & Rooter Service


Licensed - Bonded - Insured ROC 290242



East Valley PAINTERS

Meetings/Events? Submit to ecota@timespublications.com




10% OFF

We Beat Competitors Prices & Quality Free Estimates! Home of the 10-Year Warranty!


www.eastvalleypainters.com Bonded/Insured • ROC#153131

Now Accepting all major credit cards

$35.00 Off Any Service Call Today!


We Repair or Install ROC # 272721


AHWATUKEE’S #1 PLUMBER Licensed • Bonded • Insured



Emergency Service!

100% Guarantee Any Service on Our Work


Paint Interior & Exterior • Drywall Repair Light Carpentry • Power Washing • Textures Matched Popcorn Removal • Pool Deck Coatings Garage Floor Coatings • Color Consulting


Any Drain Unclog*

Voted #1

Family Owned & Operated

From Water Heaters to Toilets, Slab Leaks to Clogs!

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Estimates Available

480.405.3020 www.plumbingandacmedic.com Bonded | Insured Lic’d ROC 257806, 309544 *Call for Details. For a Limited Time.

CLASSIFIEDS 480-898-6465 class@times publications.com




Pool Service / Repair


Pool Service / Repair

Minuteman Home Services

JuanPavers Hernandez • Concrete

PLUMBING E RV I C E S S P O O LGuaranteed Service

Same Day 24/7 FREE Service Call with Repairs

10% OFF any total work performed ANYTHING PLUMBING • Water heaters • Leaks • Garbage disposal • Bathrooms

minutemanhomeservices.com ROC 242804, 257474, 290005 APS/SRP Certified Contractor BBB A+ • Licensed, bonded, and fully insured for your protection.

Code T03


Water Features • Sprinkler Repair


Pebble cracking, Plaster peeling, Rebar showing, Pool Light out?


25 Years Experience • Dependable & Reliable

Call Juan at


Filter Cleaning! Monthly Service & Repairs Available

602-546-POOL 7 6 6 5


480.399.ROCK (7625)


For a limited time

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"My dream is that one day we will be able to give every "wish" child a scrapbook to remind them that dreams do come true." Jody, co-founder, Ahwatukee based nonprofit

1st Month of Service FREE Ahw Resident • Owner Operated Maintenance & Repair Professional and Superior Service

We maintain, repair and service all types of pools, equipment, filters, cleaning systems, fresh water and salt water systems

Come Join us: Help make embellishments, organize or assist with events, scrapbook, donate your time, money or space.

Call me, Howard:

Come be apart of something Awesome!

AZPoolExpert.com BBB Member




Add a Background Color to Your Ad! Classifieds 480-898-6465 Roofing

The Most Detailed Roofer in the State



November 29th Edition Deadlines on November 22nd at 10am

Tim KLINE Roofing, LLC

Roofs Done Right...The FIRST Time! 15-Year Workmanship

Warranty on All Complete Roof Systems

www.timklineroofing.com FREE Estimate and written proposal

Classifieds/Obituaries: 480-898-6465 class@timespublications.com


Licensed/Bonded/Insured • ROC #236099

Family Owned/ Operated

Quality Leak Repairs & Re-Roofs

Honest Free Estimates References DENNIS PORTER

480-460-7602 or 602-710-2263 RANDY HALFHILL



Not a licensed contractor.


Over 30 yrs. Experience

Licensed, Bonded & Insured ROC# 272001

Crops of Luv


Tiles, shingles, flat, repairs & new work Free Estimates • Ahwatukee Resident

See our Before’s and After’s on Facebook


Excellent Service... First time, Every time! Charles Rock - Ahwatukee Resident

Public Notices

$25 OFF

Not a licensed contractor.




R.O.C. #156979 K-42 Licensed, Bonded and Insured

Lic#ROC 152111 Bonded



Window Cleaning

Meetings/Events TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a weight loss organization that is over 60 years old. We meet at Ahwatukee Rec Center on Cheyenne between S. 48th St. and S. 51st St. on Wed. eve's from 67:30 p.m. For more information: Terri at 480-893-6742.

Smart Recovery Meeting Wed’s 7:00 8:30 p.m. 6400 W. Del Rio Chandler Montessori School next to Unitarian Church room 5. All issues drugs, alcohol, gambling, online addictions, & medications. 480-532-2460

Aegis Hospice Grief/Loss Support Group We meet 6 pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Legacy Funeral Home: 1722 N. Banning St. Mesa, Refreshments provided. Contact: Rick Wesley 480-219-4790 rick@ aegishospice.com

John's Window Cleaning 1-story $135 / 2-story $155 -inside and out up to 30 panes (add'l panes $2) Screens cleaned $2.50 per pane. Power Washing and Re-Screening available Same day Service (480) 201-6471

Window Cleaning • Insured • Family Owned & Operated • Insured ••Family & Operated Insured • FreeOwned Estimates Insured ••Free Estimates Family Owned Operated Owned &&Operated •Family Honest & Reputable •••Honest & Reputable Free Free Estimates Estimates Honest & Reputable ••Honest Reputable

jEssE jOnEs, OwnER jEssE jOnEs, jOnEs, jEssE jOnEs, OwnER OwnER jEssE OwnER 602.695.9660 602.695.9660 602.695.9660 602.695.9660 uptOwnwIndOwclEanIng@gmaIl.cOm uptOwnwIndOwclEanIng@gmaIl.cOm uptOwnwIndOwclEanIng@gmaIl.cOm



In-Ahwatukee Toastmasters Club meets from 6:45-8am every Tuesday at Dignity Health Urgent Care Ahwatukee - Community Room (1st floor), 4545 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85048. Guests welcome anytime! http://4873.toast mastersclubs.org/

Dining For Women (DFW) diningforwomen.org inspires, educates and engages people to invest in programs that make a meaningful difference for women and girls living in extreme poverty. DFW helps women find dignity and strength, develop skills and opportunities, value and support their children's education. We have a local chapter in Ahwatukee which meets the 3rd Thursday every month from 6:30 p.m.-8:30p.m. If you'd like to know more on how you can transform lives and reduce poverty contact Mary Hake at marysullivanhake @gmail.com



Sell Your Stuff!

Add a Background Color to Your Ad! Classifieds 480-898-6465


Call Classifieds Today!




Employment General


This position focuses on developing new revenues from new advertisers and growing revenue from existing advertisers. This role builds profitable advertising accounts with new and existing advertisers to which they offer multiple media advertising solutions to achieve targeted, profitable revenue. Selling daily classified, retail and online advertising to active/nonactive and new businesses, using verbal and written skills over the telephone and occasionally in person. REQUIREMENTS: • Achieve sales goals per period, per product and/or sales initiative. • Minimize adjustments due to errors or billing. • Utilize sales tools. • Meet deadlines for production, billing and customer requests as well as adhering to all company policies. QUALIFICATIONS: • High school diploma or equivalent courses • 2 yr proven track record of proven results • Advertising or marketing industry experience is ideal. • Proficient typing and computer skills, using Email/Gmail, Google Docs, Spreadsheets, internet, bookmarks, etc. • Detail oriented with excellent grammar skills. • Team player and independently motivated. • Professional and customer service oriented with customers as well as other departments. • Excellent work ethic.

To apply, please send resume to: ldionisio@timespublications.com






It’s Veterans Day And We’re Celebrating BIG! This Is One Of Our Best Sales Of The Year. Manufacturers Have Lowered Prices And Added Rebates! There Has Never Been A Better Time To Get To Spencers. No Matter Where You See It, Read It, Or Hear It, Spencers Will Beat It. If We Aren’t Already Lower, Just Let Us Know, Because We Guarantee A Lower Price!


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